All-Plastic Hood Leveler
A lightweight, all-thermoplastic hood leveler designed to manage pedestrian head-to-hood impacts for reduced head trauma. Developed and supplied by MacLean-Fogg Company for use in the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.
During collisions, immovable hood leveler posts have been shown to cause pedestrian injuries and even deaths due to head trauma. A hood leveler designed with “controlled collapse” behavior can help manage the energy of collisions for reduced risk of serious pedestrian injuries.
This 100% thermoplastic, bi-material system makes unique use of complimenting polymer properties to control forced collapse. The all-plastic hood leveler also:
DuPont Material Chosen and Why
DuPont™ Zytel® was chosen for the hood leveler because it offers:
DuPont™ Delrin® acetal resin was chosen for this application because it provides:
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