Polymeric Materials in Automobiles

The use of polymeric materials in automobiles has rapidly increased over the past 20 years, and shows signs of continual growth. This paper describes the types of polymeric materials being used for the manufacture of automotive parts, the categories of automobile parts which are being made of polymeric materials, the procedures for manufacturing these parts, and the reasons for using polymeric materials. The most popular polymeric materials for automotive parts include polycarbonate, acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene, thermoplastic alloy, polyamide, linear polyester, urethane elastomere, and polyvinyl chloride. Many parts of the automobile are being manufactured with these materials, including internal parts, external parts, engine compartment parts and bodywork/engine parts. Injection molding, blow molding, heat forming and extrusion are the major manufacturing methods. Polymeric materials are often preferred for automotive parts because they offer low mass structures, comfort, safety, lower production costs, greater design freedom and the possibility of integrating parts.

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  • Authors:
    • Strumberger, Nada
    • Gospocic, Alen
    • Bartulic, Cedomir
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 149-160
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  • Accession Number: 01006906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2005 4:14PM