• Research

    Development of finite element methods for simulating tire performance
    Development of systems for incorporating simulation into the product development process
    Tire Mechanics
    Finite Element Analysis

  • Publications

    – Stalnaker, D.O., Kennedy, R.H., and Ford, J.L., “Interlaminar-Shear Strain in a Two Ply Balanced Cord-Rubber Composite”, Experimental Mechanics, Vol. 20, No. 3, March 1980.
    – Kennedy, R.H., Patel, H.P., and McMinn, M.S., “Radial Truck Tire Inflation Analysis: Theory and Experiment”, Rubber Chemistry and Technology, Vol. 54, No. 4, September-October 1981.
    – Patel, H.P. and Kennedy, R.H., “Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis for Composite Structures of Axisymmetric Geometry and Loading”, Computers & Structures, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1982.
    – Kennedy, R.H. and Padovan, J., “Finite Element Analysis of a Steady State Rotating Tire Subjected to Point Load or Ground Contact”, Tire Science & Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, October-December 1987.
    – Padovan, J. and Kennedy, R.H., “Three Dimensional Traveling Load Finite Element”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Vehicle Structural Mechanics, 1986.
    – Kennedy, R.H. and Padovan, J., “Finite Element Analysis of Steady and Transiently Moving/Rolling Nonlinear Viscoelastic Structure – II. Shell and Three-Dimensional Simulations”, Computers & Structures, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1987.
    – Kennedy, R.H., Englehardt, M.L., and Day, G.L., “RPA Measurement of Hysteresis for CAE Rolling Resistance Prediction”, Presented at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, Akron, Ohio, 1998.
    – Kennedy, R.H. and McMinn, M.S., “Tire Temperature Prediction During Post-Cure Inflation”, Tire Science & Technology, Vol. 28, No. 4, October-December 2000.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Prediction of Tire Shape Change During Post Cure Inflation”, Tire Science & Technology, Vol 29, No. 4, October-December 2001.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Experiences with Cylindrical Elements in Tire Modeling”, Proceedings of the International ABAQUS Users’ Conference, Munich, Germany, 2003.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Experiences with Embedded Elements in Tire Modeling”, Proceedings of the International ABAQUS Users’ Conference, Cambridge, MA, 2004.
    – Smith, K.R., Kennedy, R.H., and Knisley, S.B., “Prediction of Tire Profile Wear by Steady-State FEM”, Tire Science & Technology, Vol. 36, No.4, October-December 2008.
    – Terziyski, J.M. and Kennedy, R.H., “Accuracy, Sensitivity, and Correlation of FEA-Computed Coastdown Rolling Resistance”, Tire Science & Technology, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2009.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Virtual Tire Development: Bridging the Islands of Technology”, Presented at the 25th Annual Tire Industry Conference, Hilton Head, S.C., 2009.
    – Wheeler, R.L. and Kennedy, R.H., “Modeling Material Storage Modulus for Tire Natural Frequency Prediction”, Presented at the 28th Annual Conference and Meeting of The Tire Society, Akron, Ohio, 2009.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Cutting Edge Collaborative Research”, Presented at the 2016 Smithers Traction Summit, Fort Worth, Texas, 2016.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Effective Cooperative Research Experiences”, Presented at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, Akron, Ohio, 2016.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Performance Assessment from the Tire’s Point of View”, Presented at the Road Profile Users Group Conference, San Diego, California, 2016.
    – Kennedy, R.H., “Financial and Other Business Implications of Computer Simulations on the Tire Development Process”, Presented at the Tire Business Strategy Conference, Hannover, Germany, 2017.

  • Professional History

    2014-Present, Managing Director, Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)
    1995-2014, Hankook Tire Co., Research Engineer, Manager
    1977-1995, Firestone; Bridgestone/Firestone, Research Engineer
  • Awards and Honors

    Bridgestone/Firestone CEO Award for proactive team leadership
    Bridgestone/Firestone President’s Award for work on a new concept tire
    2000 – The Tire Society Honorable Mention Paper Award
    1999 – The Tire Society Superior Paper Award
    1986 – SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for one of the top 15 papers presented at SAE conferences


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, 1985
M.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, 1977
B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, 1976

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Laboratory — Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)

Ronald H. Kennedy

Managing Director, Center for Tire Research