Plastics for structural parts
In order to realize vehicles with substantially lighter weight, manufacturers are taking a closer look at converting parts traditionally made from metals due to durability and cost into parts made from engineering plastic materials. One example is engine covers. Once made from aluminum alloys, parts manufacturers are now creating engine covers from plastic materials. Building on this example, the industry predicts an acceleration in the use plastics for structural parts.
DSM offers ForTii Ace as a solution that meets the challenges the automotive industry is facing – now and in the coming years. The material features a high glass transition temperature – as high as 160°C versus PPA’s glass transition temperature of about 50°C – making the material suitable for metal replacement in a variety of applications.
Metals have traditionally been used in automotive parts due to the stability of their material properties over time. Parts used under the hood should normally demonstrate stable material properties to 140°C. ForTii Ace demonstrates stable properties at temperatures above this standard.
The material also demonstrates high strength, elastic modulus and creep resistance. High creep resistance ensures the part retains its initial shape for a longer period of time – extending the lifetime of the part. ForTii Ace retains long-term shape stability with performance on par to thermosetting epoxy resin, and demonstrates long-term retention of its physical properties.
When applied to structural parts for vehicles, engineering plastics require high flow capabilities and easy processability, as well as resistance to heat and chemicals. Materials such as thermosetting resins with molding (tact) times of five to ten minutes or more are not suitable for automotive production lines.
With superior heat resistance and mechanical strength to thermosetting resins, ForTii Ace has been developed to withstand the harsh conditions in which cars operate, demonstrate the heat and chemical resistance needed for structural parts, and combine technical performance with economic feasibility.
As seen in the EU, China and India, environmental regulations for the automotive industry are tightening across the globe. ForTii Ace can play a central role in accelerating weight reduction in the Japanese automotive industry for vehicles sold in markets around the world.
To learn more about ForTii Ace, or to request test samples, contact us or visit plasticsfinder.com for additional information, including technical data sheets.