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.
- Based on Best-of-Conference Award paper presented at SPI 35th RP/C Inst. Conference, New Orleans, February 1980.
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- Stefani, M H
- Publication Date: 1980-5
- Pagination: 4 p.
- Modern Plastics
- Volume: 57
- Issue Number: 5
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
- TRT Terms: Alternatives analysis; Automobiles; Costs; Economics; Performance based specifications; Reinforced plastics; Seats; Sheet molding compounds; Specifications; Weight
- Old TRIS Terms: Compression molding; Plastics (Reinforced)
- Subject Areas: Economics; Finance; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- 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