MECHANICAL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS - FARMING WHEEL
FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Commercializes Q4, 2021. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
✔ Testing to Date: Least amount of rutting in the industry. The out-of-phase wheels push soil toward center unlike a traditional wheel.
✔ Never Flat: Non-pneumatic tire that can never go flat.
✔ Traction: Sufficient traction to traverse clay-based, loam and sand-based soils.
✔ Price: Priced within the current industry sweet spot for non-pneumatic solutions.
✔ Modular Design: Makes maintenance easier and more cost-effective. The modular design allows farmers to fix a broken ‘lug’ (the modular tire portion) in only 60 seconds with only 2 bolts to change out.
✔ Compliant: The design is compliant. This means the wheel flexes to minimize damage from rocks and other debris. The compliant design also removes vibration and other stresses.
✔ Width: The width of the Shark Wheel does not leave a berm like pneumatic wheels that push soil away from the center. In measuring the total width of the Shark Wheel vs a pneumatic, they are exactly the same.
✔ Wheel Track Growth: Shark Wheel’s design allows crops to grow in the wheel tracks. No other wheel does this to our knowledge.
✔ No Premature Drivetrain Failures: Non-pneumatic wheels put too much stress on the drivetrain. Shark Wheels used hundreds of hours of computer simulations to push nearly all of the stress to the outer circumference of the wheel nullifying premature drivetrain failure