Engineering Materials

Advanced material science for fuel systems

DSM works with the world’s leading manufacturers to improve the performance and sustainability of fuel systems for hydrogen and internal combustion vehicles. Akulon® Fuel Lock PA6 technology offers a superior alternative to traditional HDPE or metal tanks because of its strength, low permeation and easy processing. In addition, DSM offers high-performance sustainable alternatives to traditional tank materials such as bio-based EcoPaXX® PA410.   

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  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    Akulon polyamide 6 & 66 resins represent the best value in all-purpose engineering materials, offering an excellent balance of design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties in diverse operating environments.

  • PET & PBT - Arnite®

    Our Arnite portfolio includes high performance engineering polyester plastics (PBT, PET, and blends) that combine high strength and rigidity with excellent processing characteristics.

  • PA410 - EcoPaXX®

    EcoPaXX is a high-performance aliphatic, biobased polyamide that uniquely balances the benefits of typical short and long chain polyamides, such as low moisture uptake and high mechanical performance.

  • PPS - Xytron™

    Xytron is a high performance plastics compound based on linear polyphenylene sulfide. Xytron offers extreme chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and is intrinsically flame retardant.

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Hydrogen fuel tanks

Automotive | Engine Fuel System

70% lighter than conventional steel tanks ; Cost-effective solution due to excellent processability ;High impact resistance and high elongation down to -60°C (-76°F) ;Guaranteed to last for the lifetime of the product

Gasoline Tank in hybrid cars

Automotive | Engine

Akulon® Fuellock PA6 has higher stiffness than HDPE and EVOH, resulting in the elimination of internal tank supports, which reduces reduces cost; Akulon® Fuellock PA6 allows for better seam barrier performance versus the HDPE and EVOH

Fuel Line Connectors

Automotive | Engine Fuel System

EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for reliable solutions due to its highly resistance and impermeability to conventional gasoline fuel (E10) as well as to the more sustainable E85 fuel, due to its good mechanical properties (outperforms current materials used in low temperature impact tests carried out at -30°C) , its very good dimensional stability (proven by short term aging at 100°C); EcoPaXX® PA410 allows for sustainable solutions since it is 70% derived from renewable resources

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