Automotive Plastics & Composites - Worldwide Markets & by D. Mann

By D. Mann

Following the good fortune of the 1st (1995) variation, this totally up to date record will offer an international review of using automobile plastics and composites in passenger cars, with an research of markets and tendencies to the yr 2007. designated consciousness is given to automobile weightloss.

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The Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (CLTE) is considerably decreased by glass fibre reinforcements, while the creep resistance increases. GMT or Glass M a t R e i n f o r c e d Thermoplastic: A composite of glass mat compression moulded with a polymer, for example, polypropylene, to form a sheet or article. H a r d n e s s : the hardness of a material can be measured by its resistance to scratching or indentation. Most hardness tests measure the resistance to indentation. It is usually expressed in degrees Rockwell hardness measured according to ISO 2039.

H e a t r e s i s t a n c e or HDTUL" heat distortion temperature under load; gives an indication of the heat resistance of plastic materials. 45 MPa load respectively. 8 Automotive Plastics & Composites 1 Introduction Homopo~mer: a homogeneous polymer produced from a single monomer as a repeating unit, for example polystyrene (PS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or polypropylene homopolymer. Hydrolysis: the process of decomposition of polymers under influence of hot water or steam. This occurs with humidity sensitive or hygroscopic materials like polycarbonate, polyesters and polyamides during compounding in an extruder or during injection moulding.

1 continued PPA PP-E PPF PPO PPS PS PSU PTFE PU PUR PVB PVC PVDC PVDF PVF R-RIM PUR SAN SMA SMC S-RIM PUR TPE-A TPE-E TPE-O TPE-U UF UP VP Polyphthalamide Expanded polypropylene Polyphenylene ether Polyphenylene oxide (=PPE) Polyphenylene sulphide Polystyrene Polysulphone Polyeth rafl uo roet hyle ne Polyurethane Polyurethane Polyvinyl butyrate Polyvinyl chloride Polyvinylidene chloride Polyvinylidene fluoride Polyvinyl fluoride Reinforced reaction injected moulded polyurethane Styrene acrylonitrile copolymer Styrene maleic anhydride Sheet moulding compound Structural reaction injection moulded polyurethane Thermoplastic polyamide elastomer Thermoplastic polyester elastomer Thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer Thermoplastic polyurethane Urea formaldehyde Unsaturated polyester resin Vinyl ester resin Automotive Plastics & Composites 13 This Page Intentionally Left Blank IndustryAnalysis Chapter 2 examines the scope and structure of the global automotive and the plastic automotive components industry.

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