New trends in automotive engineering plastics

Through the occurrence of new US government energy legislation the US plastic industry has been given a unique opportunity to demonstrate the ability of plastics to help solve the weight reduction problem necessary to improve petrol consumption. Automotive designers must now look at using plastics in the more traditional engineering/ metal applications where plastics are not used solely for appearance or as a cost saving but for structural purposes. The main engineering thermoplastics being used in Australia and overseas have been identified and discussed keeping in mind all the time, applications. Five main areas of the car have been considered ie body, under the bonnet, interior trim, exterior trim, and lighting. Current applications from overseas have been highlighted and it is hoped that the Australian industry can learn from the application experience now being gained overseas. A number of new automotive concepts have been discussed which could be real considerations for the future. It is important to understand that the polymers that will be found in 1985 vehicles are known and manufactured today and that the plastic industry is capable of meeting the challenge of "tailoring" specific formulations to satisfy automotive needs (a).


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  • Accession Number: 01437816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 9:12PM