DuPont Shows How Collaboration Generates Better Performance, Lower Cost
FAKUMA 2012, Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany, Oct 16-20
DuPont Performance Polymers, Hall B4/Booth 4201
GENEVA, Oct. 16, 2012 -- DuPont Performance Polymers (DuPont) is featuring an innovative automotive jounce bumper component to show how design, materials and processing can converge to deliver added performance and lower cost.
The featured jounce bumper is part of a vehicle’s shock-absorber system designed to absorb impact and dampen noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
DuPont, working with a team from Ossberger, capitalized on the flexibility attributes of DuPont™ Hytrel® thermoplastic elastomer and a unique Ossberger blow-molding technology to simplify the component from four pieces that require subassembly to a single piece. This alone significantly reduced cost, size and improved performance.
“Materials are critical in component design and the best results happen when the three primary phases in product development – design, materials and processing – converge,” said Patrick Cazuc, automotive director Europe, DuPont Performance Polymers.
In developing this component, DuPont worked on design, using non-linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques and specialist software, as well as processing, including rapid prototyping and laboratory testing at the DuPont European Technical Centre. By using an Ossberger machine, the thickness profile was tightly controlled, facilitating optimum energy-absorbing properties with a maximum compression ratio.
These jounce bumpers made of Hytrel® have been tested by automakers on a variety of vehicles over tens of thousands of kilometres. According to an independent vehicle testing institute: "Jounce Bumpers of Hytrel® bring higher comfort and steering feedback, together with better road handling compared to PU (polyurethane) parts. Wheel rebound also is reduced with higher attenuation of low impacts. The front axis roll angle also is reduced."
“The new Jounce Bumper is an example of DuPont listening to market needs and developing a superior solution, while providing all the necessary collaborative support needed to bring an idea from design to commercialisation,” Cazuc concludes. “More to come on this new development.”
Visit the DuPont booth at Fakuma (Booth 4201/Hall B4) to see the new Jounce Bumper, the depth of technical expertise and experience that lead to its development and numerous other innovative solutions and services that DuPont offers to many other industries.
DuPont offers more than 100 materials and product families for the global automotive industry. Through its global application development network, DuPont Automotive is committed to collaborating with customers throughout the value chain to develop new products, materials, components and systems that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect people and the environment. For more information, visit automotive.dupont.com.
DuPont Performance Polymers is committed to working with customers throughout the world to develop new products, components and systems that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect people and the environment. With more than 40 manufacturing, development and research centers throughout the world, DuPont Performance Polymers uses the industry’s broadest portfolio of plastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, filaments and high-performance parts and shapes to deliver cost-effective solutions to customers in aerospace, automotive, consumer, electrical, electronic, industrial, sporting goods and other diversified industries.
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