Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has signed a three-year research and training contract with the Milan Polytechnic.
Under the terms of the new Joint Labs deal, the two organisations will research and develop Formula One tyres by creating mathematical models to simulate tyre grip and wear in relation to the surfaces of various circuits, as well as studying the de-vulcanisation of worn tyres.
Furthermore, attention will be paid to Pirelli's 'cyber tyre' project which will allow the chip contained in the tyre to interpret different road surface conditions.
With regards to training activities, the Polytechnic will focus on the recruitment, placement and training of engineers in Brazil, China and Mexico.
Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli's chairman and chief executive, claimed that the agreement highlights the firm's constant commitment to research and training.
He said: "We are certain that Joint Labs, which represents a virtuous example of collaboration between university and industry, will give an important contribution to innovation in areas that we have identified as strategic for the future of our sector with the goal of further reinforcing our position of leadership in the premium segment."
Since 2001, Pirelli and the polytechnic have been involved in a number of tyre-related projects, including 11 research contracts.
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Posted by Danielle Barge