Vamac® Ultra HT Raises Bar in AEM Performance for Turbo Hose & Air Ducts

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DKT 2012 — German Rubber Conference, Nuremberg, Germany, July 2-5, 2012. DuPont Performance Polymers, Booth 12-245, Hall 12.

Nuremberg, Germany, Jul 2, 2012 – DuPont Performance Polymers introduced DuPont™ Vamac® Ultra HT ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) with continuous heat resistance up to 180°C, with peaks to 200°C and improved mechanical properties at the  DKT 2012 German Rubber Conference in Nuremberg this week.  This newest Vamac® Ultra family member is targeted primarily for automotive turbo hoses and air ducts to meet today's more demanding engine environments.

“Vamac® Ultra HT is designed to answer the need for high-performance hoses in modern automotive engines, and especially to meet the demand for higher temperature-resistant turbocharger hoses and ducts. Its dynamic performance and superior thermal resistance mark a further step in the development of the Vamac® product range, while processors will continue to benefit from an accommodating polymer for their formulations,” said Patrick Cazuc, automotive director — Europe, DuPont Performance Polymers.

The latest manufacturing technology for Vamac® enables the polymerization of AEM grades with optimized structure and chemical composition, resulting in significant improvements over existing standard Vamac® elastomers. 

Higher viscosity AEM grades, marketed as Vamac® Ultra, were first introduced in 2006 and became rapidly accepted by the automotive market because they provided a true step-change improvement in AEM processing, performance and customer value in applications where excellent resistance to heat, combined with exposure to engine and transmission lubricants or acids from exhaust gas recirculation and closed crankcase ventilation systems, are required.

The recent introduction of Vamac® Ultra HT has taken AEM performance a step higher in long-term heat ageing properties. A DuPont Performance Polymers study comparing ageing in air at 150°C for 5,000 hours of the most commonly used acrylic rubbers for auto hoses, demonstrated that Vamac® Ultra HT outperformed all other AEM, ACM and HT-ACM polymers tested in term of final mechanical properties such as absolute elongation and hardness change in these heat ageing conditions.

Results of the study are the subject of a paper “DuPont™ Vamac® Ultra — Latest AEM Polymers and Developments — Meeting Demands of Modern Engine Technology,” given by DuPont Performance Polymers scientist Klaus Kammerer at the International Rubber Conference during the DKT rubber event in Nuremberg, Germany, on 2-5 July, 2012.

Vamac® Ultra HT delivers enhanced mechanical properties at room temperature and high temperature such as hot elongation, hot tear strength and higher flex fatigue resistance, better low temperature flexibility and superior acid resistance in blow-by gas and exhaust gas recirculation environments. Its higher viscosity also improves processing versus standard AEM grades, including better green strength and scorch resistance for extrusion processes.

Vamac® Ultra HT is one of a series of new generation AEM polymers from DuPont Performance Polymers named Vamac® Ultra that help automotive OEMs meet current Euro 5 and forthcoming Euro 6 emission regulations by meeting more severe technical requirements in existing and new seals, gaskets, hoses and other underhood components. As a result, Vamac® Ultra grades are being adopted in an increasing number of commercial programmes with major auto manufacturers, including BMW, AUDI, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, GM, Renault and VW.

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