PLASTICS IN MOTOR CAR CONSTRUCTION TAKING ACCOUNT OF ASPECTS OF SAFETY TECHNOLOGY. PART 2. HIGH POLYMERS FOR THE EXTERNAL COMPONENTS IN MOTOR CAR CONSTRUCTION

KUNSTSTOFFE IM AUTOMOBILBAU UNTER BERUECKSICHTIGUNG SICHERHEITSTECHNISCHER ASPEKTE. TEIL 2: HOCHPOLYMERE FUER AUSSENTEILE IM FAHRZEUGBAU

The present extent of the use of plastics in vehicle construction amounts to 40 to 100 kilograms per vehicle in Europe. To fulfil all legal safety regulations which are applicable to the bodywork and the vehicle exterior, the plastics contribute a considerable part. In addition the use of high polymers necessitates the production of new vehicle safety regulations. The use of plastics replaces steel by about one third. This part is covered mainly by high polymers, which are used for the bodywork and external components. The ratio of material costs (23%) to fabrication costs (30%) varies for plastics in the direction of material costs. Using as an example the development of a plastic fuel container the advantages of the use of plastics are clearly illustrated. In the overall examination of the front and rear boot - covering diverse materials and conceptions are available which automatically result in compromises when considering loading and function. Which material emerges from this can not be established at present: however a growth in application is clearly apparent. As the examples listed show, the plastomers, duromers and elastomers show considerable advantages compared with traditional materials, when they are used taking advantage of all their properties. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Reference copy only available from NHTSA. Translated from German (original 7p; translation 17p). Part 1 is HS-030 054.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Keller (W) und Company

    Pfizerstrasse 5, Postfach 640
    7000 Stuttgart 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Johnke, K D
    • Behr, P
  • Publication Date: 1980

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 95-101
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-030 053
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1983 12:00AM