How the MICHELIN® X® Tweel® Airless Radial Tire™ Works
MICHELIN® X® Tweel® Airless Radial Tire™ provides all the same desirable qualities found in pneumatic tires, but without the risk of air loss.
The MICHELIN® X® Tweel® Airless Radial Tire™ starts with a strong, yet flexible beam. It is called a "shear beam."
It may be easiest to think of the shear beam as an "I" beam, with steel on the outside and inside, but rubber in the middle.
When either the inside or outside layers of steel want to compress or stretch in opposite directions, this is called "shear." Being tied together turns these opposing forces into greater strength.
The beam is then connected to the hub by thin, yet very strong deformable spokes.
As load is applied, the hub pulls downward on the spokes, hanging the load from the top and creating a large footprint.
The result is a deformable, non-pneumatic mobility solution. The MICHELIN® X® Tweel® Airless Radial Tire™ delivers excellent traction, comfort and stability while eliminating concerns about downtime and maintenance. Truly, "A Better Way Forward."