Glass Fiber-Reinforced Nylon Engine Bracket
An engine mount bracket engineered using glass fiber-reinforced nylon, replacing the cast aluminum incumbent material. Developed by Daimler AG and supplied by ElringKlinger AG for use on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz M264 E-Class coupe.
Improving NVH behavior on today’s vehicles requires viable alternatives to traditional metal engine mount brackets.
The glass fiber-reinforced nylon engine mount bracket was designed using MoldFlow® analysis to establish the joint lines and fiber orientation. Displacement and component stresses dependent on fiber orientation were simulated and the component was modified according to simulation results. Advanced CAE and material characterization techniques correlated well with physical testing to reduce the investment risk and accelerate the development time of this bracket.
DuPont Material Chosen and Why
DuPont™ Zytel® nylon resin was chosen for this application because it offers:
FINALIST, 2017 SPE AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS, CHASSIS/HARDWARE CATEGORY