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As alternative drive vehicles evolve, the challenges only multiply. DuPont is working with automotive manufacturers to help them improve efficiency and range in today’s hybrid and electric vehicles, and further the development of the fuel-cell powered vehicles of tomorrow.
DuPont and Plastics News surveyed plastics industry professionals to understand trends, issues and challenges in the plastics community as they relate to product development and material needs.
NESC® C2 sets best practices and rules to protect utility workers in the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric supply and communication lines and equipment.
Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.
“What Keeps You Safe?” PPE videos from DuPont show how heroes in firefighting, military, law enforcement, and emergency response rely on DuPont invention and innovation.
Joint development work between Takata-Petri of Aschaffenburg, Germany, and DuPont has resulted in the launch of a new grade of DuPont™ Hytrel® RS, the industry’s first renewably-sourced thermoplastic elastomer for use in airbag systems.
Tata Toyo has selected DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for three hot- and cold-side charge air coolers on turbo-diesel engines powering four passenger, utility and light commercial vehicle models produced by a major Indian auto OEM.
Vamac® is the elastomer of choice for automatic transmission seals because of its good performance in the most aggressive automatic transmission fluids (ATF).
NFPA 2113 specifies the minimum selection, care, use, and maintenance requirements for flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel in areas at risk from flash fires or short-duration flame exposure that are compliant with NFPA 2112.
NFPA 2112, the standard on flame-resistant garments for protection of industrial personnel against flash fire, provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, evaluation, and certification of flame-resistant garments for use by industrial personnel.
PPA materials offer great resistance to hydrolysis and moisture and they are relied upon for cost effective applications such as water inlets/outlets, thermostat housings, water pumps and impellers
DuPont has been working on PA12 alternatives and has established global development and supply teams to work with customers to quickly qualify alternative materials for use in many automotive and industrial components.
Zytel® Plus is helping automakers reduce weight and integrate parts in powertrain systems, making vehicles lighter, more fuel efficient and helps to reduce total system costs.
DuPont has the industry’s widest range of UL-approved electrical insulation system (EIS) materials for encapsulation, coil forms, and other electrical and electronics uses.
DuPont™ Hytrel® has provided durable performance in over a billion automotive CV joint boot applications over the last 25 years.
DuPont supports efforts/initiatives to improve sustainability in the automotive industry with high performance and renewably-sourced polymers that can help increase fuel efficiency while reducing energy loss, emissions and costs.
DuPont Performance Polymers brings global knowledge to local application development at innovation center facilities located in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Bonded piston seals made of Vamac® deliver high-temperature durability and resistance to automotive service lubricants.
DuPont offers a range of materials designed to resist high temperatures and aggressive fuels in automotive fuel hoses.
See how we make car armoring affordable and accessible for Brazil’s families.
DuPont Automotive has the broadest range of high-performance materials for hybrid and electric vehicles, which play an ever more important role in helping to reduce carbon emissions and dependence on petroleum. With its deep application expertise, DuPont helps automakers quickly develop more efficient, safer, lighter vehicles.
DuPont materials and solutions help automakers control car manufacturing costs while meeting tough regulatory compliance guidelines.
DuPont opens Innovation Center, in Troy, Michigan. 8th Innovation Center with a thought-leader panel discussing how innovation and collaboration dominate the auto industry landscape
It has been calculated that six of every seven liters of fuel put into a vehicle are lost to inefficiencies. Connecting inefficiencies to friction, studies have found that somewhere around 10 percent of this lost energy is attributed to friction between moving parts.
Materials will play an increasingly important role helping the auto industry resolve fuel economy and emissions challenges, according to 95 percent of design engineers surveyed by DuPont Automotive and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
DuPont is working with automakers to develop materials that help optimize engine efficiency. Focus areas include heat and friction management, exhaust gas recirculation, and re-imagining turbocharger technology or injection systems for mainstream vehicle production.
DuPont Automotive North America Development Director Mike Day shares new ways plastics and composites can help the industry improve fuel economy without compromising power.
DuPont vehicle safety solutions help increase safety across the whole automotive value chain, from employee safety on the production floor to driver and passenger safety on the road.
Several high-performance material families —DuPont™ Zytel® long chain polyamide product family comprising 612 and renewably sourced 610 and 1010.
DuPont is working with our auto industry collaborators to help them develop the next generation of sustainable mobility solutions. Together, we’re helping reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions to help manage the environmental impact associated with the world’s increasing demand for automotive mobility.
Many of today’s vehicle system environments are like a pressure cooker of aggressive chemicals. Very few materials have the right combination of characteristics to withstand that kind of severe treatment. DuPont is at the forefront of the development of the latest generation of high performance materials.
DuPont automotive solutions give automotive engineers a wide range of vehicle design options, including technologies for noise reduction, longer-lasting, more vibrant textiles, more sustainable air conditioning solutions, and more stylish LED systems.
Vehicle weight reduction is a major challenge. While plastics are inherently lighter than metals, lightweighting requires more than direct material substitution. DuPont predictive engineering and design teams work with customers, using insight and high-performance DuPont materials to redesign for lower weight, often integrating functions to cut costs at the same time.
DuPont™ Vamac® ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) has been chosen by Huber + Suhner AG, Switzerland, a leading supplier of automotive cable systems, as insulation for battery cables supplied to Fiat, Ford, Jaguar, GM/Holden and Renault, and also as screened insulation cables for hybrid prototypes and the fully electric Tesla Roadster.
Recent testing of DuPont™ Vamac® ultra ethylene acrylic elastomers (AEM) and new grades of DuPont™ Zytel® nylon resins and semi aromatic DuPont™ Zytel® HTN in aggressive AdBlue* aqueous urea solution has demonstrated the effectiveness of these products for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems used to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines.
Fuel Line Made of Renewably Sourced DuPont™ Zytel® Nylon Provides Long-Term Resistance to Biodiesel
The auto industry’s current materials portfolio will need to be augmented to meet new 2025 fuel economy standards, according to a recent WardsAuto and DuPont Automotive survey in July of 2011. Respondents also said materials used in power train vehicle systems will change the most.
An integrated baffle and seal lip assembly, made of DuPont™ Hytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomer, is used in two new transmissions from General Motors. The unique solution helps condense packaging space and enable better clutch and transmission durability.
At DuPont’s Asian automotive centers, automakers and OEMs collaborate with the DuPont network of 9,500 scientists and engineers to solve critical challenges, including reducing emissions, improving fuel economy, increasing vehicle safety, and increasing the speed to market of those solutions.
Today’s automotive design professionals must resolve competing needs: greater fuel economy, CO2 emissions reduction, lower costs, and improved performance, safety, and comfort. DuPont’s integrated global application development teams focus on eight automotive themes to guide the development of innovative, science-driven solutions.
Automotive headlamps – a significant opportunity to add personality to vehicle styling – can now be manufactured more cost effectively through a new “Design-Materials-Processing” solution developed by DuPont Automotive.
anvisgroup of Bad Soden-Salmünster, Germany, working in cooperation with Volkswagen, has developed the first catalytic converter bracket for cars to be made from an engineering thermoplastic.
DuPont™ Zytel® HTN was the material of choice for Woco Industrietechnik GmbH during the development of a pneumatic switchover unit which is exposed to high internal pressures. It is used in air suspension systems from Continental Automotive Systems.
What are the differences between “inherent” and “treated” flame resistant fabrics? Learn how each fabric reacts when exposed to heat, and when flame-resistant properties can be removed.
High Performance Polymers for Automotive Air Management Applications White Paper
Car manufacturers search for the right balance between sustainability and performance to suit the American consumer’s taste.
As more electric cars take to the roads, warning sounds are necessary to mitigate the risk these quiet vehicles pose, and manufacturers are working to ensure that they do not become a disturbance to drivers and city residents.
Review the various cut test methods used by regional and global standards groups to rate the level of cut protection of gloves and other accessories.
Bio-based products are a critical component of DuPont’s efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. When it comes to bio-based products, DuPont science is innovating across the entire development chain, from seeds and feedstocks through proprietary fermentation and chemical processes to the final high-performance, economically efficient products our customers demand.
DuPont plastics applications for the powertrain help automakers reduce weight and integrate parts, which boosts automotive performance and delivers productivity and cost savings.
DuPont renewably sourced automotive interior materials help automakers support sustainability efforts without sacrificing performance. Materials include DuPont™ Sorona® fiber for carpeting and seat upholstery, DuPont™ Sorona® EP thermoplastic polymer for injection molding applications such as vent louvers, and DuPont™ Hytrel® RS thermoplastic elastomer for airbag systems.
Ford, Fiat and Toyota walked away with innovation awards at the 2011 Society of Plastics Engineers “Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards” event for components that use two renewably sourced DuPont materials — DuPont™ Zytel® RS nylon and DuPont™ Sorona® EP polymer — and one component using DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET.
Toyota's new hybrid vehicle, "Prius α" (Prius alpha), features automotive interior parts made of DuPont™ Sorona® EP polymer, a high-performance, renewably sourced thermoplastic resin, contributing to the advanced interior design while also reducing the environmental footprint.
Low-emission DuPont™ Delrin® 300TE acetal resin (POM) is the first impact-modified POM from DuPont to meet the automotive industry's demanding requirements for the use of plastics in vehicle interiors.
Engine downsizing, lightweighting, turbocharging, direct injection, and exhaust gas recirculation are all responses to the drive for greater fuel economy, higher engine efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. But these advances come at a price. They generate more heat, and involve more aggressive gases, fluids, and acidic gas/air mixtures, often under high pressure.
A newly-developed two-component air duct blow-molded using stiff yet elastic DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC/ET, connects the intercooler and throttle body of the three liter, six cylinder twin-turbo engine from BMW.
General Motors’ use of DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for its Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo powering Cadillac CTS vehicles captured the ‘Most Innovative Use of Plastics” Award in the Materials category from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Division. The award-winning engine-appearance and acoustic cover is molded by Camoplast Polymer Solutions, Richmond, Quebec, Canada.
DuPont high-performance materials for turbochargers and emissions systems can withstand the high heat and corrosive fluids in downsized engines, and reduce friction and improve wear for components.
Find the latest trends in the plastics industry value chain and the changing role of the material supplier, based on results from a DuPont and Plastics News survey of plastics industry professionals.
Discover trends in plastic material needs based on results from a DuPont and Plastics News survey of plastics industry professionals to understand trends, issues and challenges in materials and technology.
Low friction plastic applications developed in collaboration with DuPont experts can help improve durability and performance, reduce maintenance, and can even contribute to reduced use of fossil fuels.
DuPont offers a wide range of heat resistant plastics to replace metal, ceramics and other polymers in uses from automotive engines to oil and gas production.
The use of engineering thermoplastics in automotive components has grown significantly over the last 25 years with many new applications in powertrain, electrical components, chassis, trim components and other vehicle areas.
Technology that boosts efficiency, while reducing the size of gas and diesel engines, is the main route to lower emissions and improved fuel economy.
The broad DuPont elastomer portfolio provides seals and gaskets for demanding applications.
A quick guide to elastomer properties and application development assistance.
DuPont has a portfolio of chemical resistant elastomers and thermoplastics to match a broad spectrum of challenges – from aggressive automotive fuels to custom industrial equipment.
DuPont offers a range of tested heat resistant elastomers for applications from automotive engines to oil and gas production equipment.
DuPont™ Vespel® parts and shapes and DuPont™ Delrin® acetal resin are high-strength, low-friction mechanical plastics that deliver performance for automotive, consumer, and industrial applications.
In August of 2011, DuPont™ Sorona® received Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class 1 Certification — third-party verification that Sorona® polymer meets the most stringent safety standards and is suitable for a wide range of carpet and textile applications including those intended for babies and toddlers.
Lightweighting has become a primary focus for auto manufacturers in the quest for more efficient vehicles, and for Ford Motor Company and Illinois Tool Works, Inc., one less pound in the engine equals millions of gallons of fuel saved.
Car manufacturers search for the right balance between sustainability and performance to suit American consumer’s taste.
This article discusses the complex issue of FR garment comfort, explaining the three pillars of comfort and the importance of conducting a wear trial.
Do you choose FR clothing based on compliance or protection? This article explains the importance of choosing FR garments based on specific hazards.
This article discusses various aspects of the University of California’s journey to address personal protection across its network of labs on its many campuses. Highlights of the article include key milestones and benefits.
DuPont™ Opteon® YF (HFO-1234yf) is a new refrigerant with a GWP of 4, which exceeds the EU MAC Directive by 97 percent. Developed in partnership with Honeywell, Opteon® YF refrigerant is an energy-efficient, safe and easy-to-implement solution, delivering environmental, industry and consumer benefits.
DuPont™ Vespel® parts offer low friction, lightweight and durable metal replacement in automotive transmission applications.
For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.
The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.
The plant-derived DuPont™ Zytel® RS 610 nylon resin that debuts on a new automotive radiator end tank from DENSO Corp. illustrates the benefits of close collaboration throughout the value chain and marks the first use of DuPont renewably-sourced plastic in mechanical components exposed to the hot, chemically aggressive underhood environment.
Using glucose as the basis for Bio-PDO™, a bio-based monomer, DuPont created a renewably sourced ingredient for biobased fibers like DuPont™ Sorona®, which is used in everyday products, like carpet and apparel.
Tata Toyo’s adoption of DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for several charge air coolers for vehicles manufactured by a major Indian automotive OEM illustrates the material’s performance and the benefits of collaborating on automotive plastic part design with a global materials-science company like DuPont.
At-a-glance guide to DuPont polymer properties and application development opportunities.
Car efficiency can be improved using Zytel® PLUS, a low-weight performance nylon that reduces the weight of automobiles and their need for gas.
With global biofuel use expected to double by 2015, DuPont has developed a new generation of heat-, pressure- and chemical-resistant elastomers for fuel system components that can withstand aggressive fuel environments.