Tyre Testing

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

Delivering real business benefits across key segments

WHAT IS TYRE TESTING?

Tyre testing and assessment services include tests for rolling resistance, energy efficiency, rolling noise and road performance (e.g. braking, handling) on various surface conditions. These tests are important for manufacturers to ensure compliance to stringent quality and safety requirements to export their tyres to the EU. Following the introduction of EU tyre labels, new regulations now enforce this additional requirement. As today’s consumers have become more knowledgeable about tyre safety and efficiency the EU tyre label makes it easy for customers to compare tyres in terms of wet grip, fuel efficiency and noise.

UN ECE-R117: WHAT MANUFACTURERS SHOULD KNOW

Rolling resistance-optimised, filigree tyres made from increasingly sustainable material mixes. "Smart tyres" that transmit condition data to the cloud. Run-flat tyres that continue to drive even if they lose air pressure. Sustainability and product resilience are the focus of the tyre industry. This is why UN ECE Regulation No. 117 has been fundamentally revised. The second series of amendments to UN ECE-R117 came into force in 2011. It regulates, among other things, limit values for the rolling noise of tyres, for grip on wet road surfaces when braking and minimum requirements for tyre properties about energy efficiency (here: rolling resistance) or for use as M+S tyres under extreme snow conditions.

The amendment to UN ECE-R117 with the 03 series of amendments no longer only regulates the minimum requirements for tires when new, but also specifies minimum requirements such as limit values for grip on wet roads until the end of a tire's life. For this purpose, new tires must be artificially set to the condition of worn tires up to near the wear limit.

TÜV SÜD has the know-how and resources, such as test vehicles and tire test trailers, to carry out the necessary tests for the minimum requirements for worn tires in accordance with the amendment to UN ECE-R117. If you want to learn more about the In ECE-R117 watch our video below:

 

WHY ARE THESE TESTS IMPORTANT FOR TYRE MANUFACTURERS?

Independent tyre tests from a certified test lab provide various benefits to tyre manufacturers:

  • Access the European automotive market by ensuring compliance of your tyres with mandatory requirements for type approval
  • Improve your product quality through advanced testing provided by a highly experienced and skilled TÜV SÜD tyre testing expert team
  • Gain important data from tyre tests which can be used for the development of new tyre models
  • Increase your sales revenues by demonstrating your product quality with our tyre testing solutions and a TÜV SÜD tyre test mark
  • Gain recognition for your brand and strengthen your reputation among OEMs by providing comprehensive test results which ensure product safety

TÜV SÜD PROVIDES OVERALL TYRE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT SERVICES

TÜV SÜD is a trusted name for tyre and wheel testing. Our experts are highly trained professionals who work extensively with top tyre manufacturers worldwide and are experienced in indoor and outdoor testing. With their strong knowledge of tyre manufacturers’ requirements, they have developed robust test procedures that are widely recognised by the industry. We are also a member of the European Commission expert group on laboratory alignment for the measurement of tyre rolling resistance.

Tyre Safety MarkTÜV SÜD operates modern, fully equipped tyre testing facilities that are part of the network of reference tyre testing laboratories in the EU and is nominated as one of the independent reference laboratories for rolling resistance. As a certified test lab for tyre properties, we provide the full scope of tyre tests according to standards, regulations and customer-specified requirements.

We also provide tyre benchmarking and the TÜV SÜD tyre test mark for products that meet the required standard of quality and safety.

TÜV SÜD' TYRE TESTING SERVICES TYRE LABELING

We provide several tyre testing services as practical tests on testing grounds:

  • Testing driving stability and safety
  • Braking performance on wet and dry roads
  • Behavior on snow and ice in terms of traction, braking and stability
  • Wear and tear
  • Acoustics: pass-by noise, air and structure-borne noise
  • Fuel consumption

We provide several tyre testing services indoors in our laboratory:

  • Type approval testing according to international standards (ECE R30, R54, R75, R106, R108, R109, R117, FMVSS 110)
  • High-speed testing up to 450 km/h
  • Endurance test
  • Cleat test
  • Tyre aging
  • Measurement of HC emissions (shed chamber with 1.5m³)
  • Rolling resistance measurement (according to vehicle manufacturer procedures, ISO 28580 or ECE R117, VO (EU) 2020/740 and fuel efficiency through power loss analysis)
  • Laboratory calibration procedure (for rolling resistance measurements): TÜV SÜD is part of the reference laboratory network and can calibrate candidate laboratories worldwide that are not part of the reference network.
  • Tyre labeling: Wet grip, rolling noise, rolling resistance measurement tests
  • Tyre benchmarking/ R&D support
  • Tyre characteristics: Assessment of different tyre properties according to customer specification
  • Tyre certification: Test program have been developed by TÜV SÜD and shall combine safety and performance requirements with conventional usage what is more than legal requirements.

In addition, TÜV SÜD is a member of the "Expert Group" for rolling resistance at the European Commission. TÜV SÜD is accredited by the following approval authorities:

  • Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA, Germany)
  • Dienst Wegverkeer (RDW, Netherlands)
  • Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA, Great Britain)
  • National Standard Agency of Ireland (NSAI, Ireland)
  • Vehicle Safety Certification Center (VSCC, Taiwan)
  • INMETRO (Brazil)

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