Charles Goodyear's invention, Vulcanized Rubber, eventually branched onto Goodyear Tires, which make tires for cars. That is not the only thing that came out of it; Vulcanized Rubber also aided other inventions today, such as airplanes, hockey pucks, and rubber boots. It also helped greatly in World War I and II by making road wheels on tanks more durable.
What is Vulcanized Rubber:
The name Indians of Central and South America gave rubber was caoutchouc. Charles Goodyear gave the word, vulcanization, to his rubber. The word vulcanization comes originates from the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan. Vulcanized rubber was first made when Charles Goodyear, accidentally dropped some rubber on a hot stove with some sulfur, accidentally hardening it, and making it much more durable then it was before in 1839. It was in 1844 that it was patented by Charles Goodyear. It's patent number was #3633. A variety of methods exist for vulcanization. The economically most important method (vulcanization of tires) uses high pressure and temperature. A typical vulcanization temperature for a passenger tire is 10 minutes at 170 °C. This type of vulcanization is called compression molding. The rubber article is intended to adopt the shape of the mold. Other methods, for instance to make door profiles for cars, use hot air vulcanization or microwave heated vulcanization. When Vulcanized rubber is heated, it contracts. Basically, vulcanized rubber is harder, more durable rubber, in place of ordinary rubber, which when cold, becomes brittle, and when too hot, becomes too sticky. Vulcanized rubber is used in many of today's life solutions.