The SMART Tire Company has partnered with NASA to develop the first ever consumer application of NASA’s airless shape memory alloy (SMA) tire technology. It was originally developed for use on lunar as well as Mars rover missions and it’s it’s made from advanced, lightweight materials known as NiTinol+. This results in a tire that is elastic like rubber yet strong like titanium, exhibiting perfect shape memory without ever going flat. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Ccling enthusiast Calvin Young consulted with NASA Glenn Research Center inventors Dr. Santo Padula and Colin Creager to bring the power of shape memory alloy tire technology to the general public. Shape Memory alloy is capable of undergoing phase transitions at the molecular level under strain and exhibit thirty times the recoverable strain of ordinary steel. They’re also eco-friendly since they utilize long-lasting materials that reduce rubber waste.
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Cyclists will not be able to wait to get their hands on these cool-looking, space-age METL tires that don’t go flat. The unique combination of these advanced materials, coupled with a next generation, eco-friendly design make for a revolutionary product,” said Earl Cole, former Survivor champion and CEO of The SMART Tire Company.