Established in 1898, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is the only major domestic tire company. Coming into the 21st century, Goodyear needed to improve its time to market for new products to remain competitive in the global tire market. Goodyear focused its efforts on designing a new, innovative, all-season tire that would provide major improvements in performance and safety—and the company used HPC modeling and simulation to do it.
Partnering with Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, Goodyear engineers working with Sandia’s supercomputer experts developed complex, state-of-the-art software to run Goodyear’s HPC clusters. The jointly developed software allowed Goodyear to run more advanced simulations and to maximize the performance of the company’s computers. This innovative approach and collaboration allowed Goodyear to reduce research and development costs and cut time to market for the Assurance tire with TripleTred Technology. HPC modeling and simulation has allowed Goodyear to reduce key product design time from three years to less than one year and tire building and testing costs from 40 percent of the company’s research and design budget to 15 percent.
Says Goodyear’s senior vice president of technology, “Computational analysis tools have completely changed the way we develop tires. They have created a distinct competitive advantage for Goodyear, as we can deliver more innovative new tires to market in a shorter time frame.”