HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials

DuPont Lightens Up

NO RATINGS
Page 1 / 2 Next >
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Lighter autos
Rob Spiegel   6/27/2013 1:09:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Looks like the movement toward lighter materials in the automotive sector is paying off. In Chuck's slideshlow today on deisel-powered cars, he gave an example of thew VW XL1, which weights in at less than 1800 pounds.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lighter autos
Ann R. Thryft   6/27/2013 1:19:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, I just interviewed Ford's manager of product sustainability and got a lot more info about what they're doing with bio-based and recycled materials. It's much more extensive, especially the R&D, than I realized. Stay tuned.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lighter autos
Charles Murray   6/27/2013 6:56:56 PM
NO RATINGS
It's amazing to see how pany parts are changing over to plastics, Ann, even in applications involving heat. I can remember interviewing GM engineers many years ago about a plastic air induction system. It seemed so shocking back then.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lighter autos
Rob Spiegel   6/27/2013 11:21:49 PM
NO RATINGS
That's great. It's good to see the auto industry step out into cutting edge materials and techniques.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Impressive
Greg M. Jung   6/27/2013 11:32:40 PM
NO RATINGS
Very impressive.  Half the weight with an additional noise reduction benefit.  I can see where other similar applications for this material will quickly be found.

notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Re: Impressive
notarboca   6/28/2013 2:41:46 AM
NO RATINGS
It is amazing to see how many aluminum parts are being replaced by plastics.  I like the fact that sensors can be manufactured into the design.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lighter autos
Ann R. Thryft   6/28/2013 11:52:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Chuck, even though I should be used to heat-tolerant plastic by now, such as in underhood applications, I'm not. Like you, I find it startling and counter-intuitive. There are even heat-tolerant thermoplastics, which makes that term really seem like a misnomer.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lighter autos
Ann R. Thryft   6/28/2013 11:53:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Rob, I agree--and some auto makers are way ahead of others in that regard.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
The plastic oil pane cover.
William K.   6/28/2013 8:16:55 PM
NO RATINGS
What I am wondeing about is how much heat is rejected through that plastic oil pan, versus how much heat was rejected through the aluminum pan. So probably oil cooling capacity had to be added someplace else, which may not be a problem, but must certainly be a consideration. And my guess is that the bottom surface with all of those close-spaced fins, will pick up and hold a lot of dirt. So what will be very interesting and educational for all of us is to see the reports on these oil pans in two or three years.

vimalkumarp
User Rank
Gold
Re: The plastic oil pane cover.
vimalkumarp   6/29/2013 12:27:23 AM
NO RATINGS
William, this is an excellent observation. Heat transfer comparison will provide greater insight to the design benefits and in turn justify the substitution.

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
A composite based on a high-performance PEEK-like resin we told you about two years ago when it was still in R&D has now been licensed by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for commercial manufacturing.
Hospital-acquired infections and more home use of medical devices are shaking up device design, bringing more plastics into increasingly complex designs.
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
Design News Webinar Series
5/21/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/3/2015 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
6/11/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jun 8 - 12, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Filters
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course June 2nd-4th:
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service