Engineering Plastics for Novel Automotive Applications
Published April 1, 1996 by Associazione Tecnica Dell'Automobile in Italy
Not only have engineering thermoplastics secured an accepted place in automotive manufacture, but also their penetration of areas traditionally the sole domain of metals, is growing. One group of materials in particular is driving this trend; that of advanced thermoplastic composites. Used primarily in non-appearance, semi-structural parts, thermoplastic composites are opening the way for engineering polymers to be used in large components such as tailgates, technical fascia's or front end modules, side doors and bonnets, amongst many other novel applications whose engineering criteria could previously be met only by steel.
This paper will look at both the new opportunities for engineering plastics in automotive applications and at the materials capable of economically satisfying their demands