Tire & Road Wear Particles (TRWP) research update

Published: 4 Nov 2019
Type: Publication

Research into Tire and Road Wear Particles (TRWP)

Tire and road wear particles (TRWP) are tiny debris produced when tires are used on the road.

Generated by the friction between tires and the road surface, TRWP are a mixture of tire tread and material from the road surface.

The Tire Industry Project has been supporting research into tire and road wear particles since 2005. TIP supported studies into TRWP include (chronological order):

  • Comparison of particles generated using different methodologies. (2010) - link    
  • Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Tire and Road Wear Particles to Alga, Daphnid and Fish. (2011) - link   
  • Evaluation of Potential for Toxicity from Subacute Inhalation of Tire and Road Wear Particles in Rats. (2012) - link   
  • Chronic toxicity of tire and road wear particles to water- and sediment-dwelling organisms. (2012) - link    
  • Use of a Deuterated Internal Standard with Pyrolysis-GC/MS Dimeric Marker Analysis to Quantify Tire Tread Particles in the Environment. (2012) - link  
  • Measurement of airborne concentrations of tire and road wear particles in urban and rural areas of France, Japan, and the United States. (2013) - link
  • Comparison of Tire and Road Wear Particle Concentrations in Sediment for Watersheds in France, Japan, and the United States by Quantitative Pyrolysis GC/MS Analysis. (2013) - link
  • Experimental methodology for assessing the environmental fate of organic chemicals in polymer matrices using column leaching studies and OECD 308 water/sediment systems: Application to tire and road wear particles. (2015) - link  
  • Characterizing export of land-based microplastics to the estuary - Part I: Application of integrated geospatial microplastic transport models to assess tire and road wear particles in the Seine watershed. (2018) - link (an ETRMA sponsored study)
  • Characterizing export of land-based microplastics to the estuary – Part II: Sensitivity analysis of an integrated geospatial microplastic transport modeling assessment of tire and road wear particles. (2018) - link (an ETRMA sponsored study)
  • Evaluation of Tire Wear Contribution to PM2.5 in Urban Environments. (2019) - link
  • Human health risk assessment of Tire and Road Wear Particles (TRWP) in air. (2019) - link

Academic posters include:

  • Biological leaching of metals from respirable tire wear particles. (2010) - link
  • Effects of Intratracheal Instillation of TRWP and TP on Inflammation on and Cytotoxicity in Rat Lung: A Comparative Toxicity Study. (2010) - link
  • Physio-chemical analysis of airborne tire wear particles. (2010) - link

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