COMPRESSION-MOLDED SMC SPLIT-BENCH CAR SEAT HAS COST AND WEIGHT SAVINGS

This paper reports on results of an experimental program carried out at Ford Motor Company to investigate the feasibility of a RP seat structure as an alternative to steel or aluminum assemblies. The basic objectives of the project were: 1) to develop a seat structure which was directly interchangeable with current production seats; 2) to meet performance requirements; 3) to offer a weight saving compared with steel construction; 4) to offer a cost saving compared with aluminum. It is demonstrated that a bonded, multi-piece, 65% glass-reinforced vinyl-ester assembly meets Ford's corporate-acceptance standards. The test program involved 25 material variations and numerous static and dynamic tests, including low-temperature impact and high-temperature flex. The SMC seat structure is weight-competitive with a comparable aluminum assembly -- and provides significant cost savings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Based on Best-of-Conference Award paper presented at SPI 35th RP/C Inst. Conference, New Orleans, February 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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    New York, NY  USA  10036
  • Authors:
    • Stefani, M H
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Modern Plastics
    • Volume: 57
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 032
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1984 12:00AM