Leave it to NASA to Reinvent the Tire

It’s called the “Superelastic Tire” and was developed for future Mars missions, but it’s possible it could be used as a viable alternative to pneumatic tires here on Earth. By using shape memory alloys that are capable of undergoing high strain as load bearing components, the Superelastic Tire is able to withstand excessive deformation without permanent damage. In addition, the shape memory alloy can also increase the load carrying capacity of the tire.

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