Excelle GT (Buick)

Mar 26, 2019

On March 20, Polyplastics informed that its innovative resin products DURANEX (R) PBT and DURAFIDE (R) PPS materials - targeted for engine peripheral parts such power control units (PCUs) - deliver high insulating properties and lower water absorption while meeting harsh operating conditions (-40 C to 150 C, up to 95% relative humidity).
Polyplastics' DURANEX (R) PBT CG7030 provides lower water absorption and high tracking properties (CTI: 600V) for high-voltage parts such as PCUs. Polyplastics also offers DURAFIDE (R) PPS 6150T73, which provides high heat shock resistance, strong dimensional stability, and excellent heat and chemical resistance for metal insert molded applications for electric vehicles.
Polyplastics is also exploring new materials to replace metal in PCU housings. Thermoplastics would provide lighter weight and improved productivity. However, other key requirements include strength, dimensional stability, electromagnetic shielding and thermal conductivity.

Polyplastics press release

Mar 12, 2019

On March 8, Williams Advanced Engineering informed that it has developed a pair of innovative technologies for composite materials.
Known as 223 and Racetrak, these technologies offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, but with a range of additional benefits, and at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. 
They are end-to-end, whole-life solutions that address every aspect of the manufacture, use and recycling of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP).
Its exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratio, impressive stiffness and excellent fatigue and environmental resistance make it an attractive choice for a wide variety of industries and applications.
This is particularly pertinent to the automotive industry, where lightweighting is seen as one of the primary tools needed to meet increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions targets, as well as support the range required from electric vehicles.

Williams Advanced Engineering press release

Mar 11, 2019

BASF informed that in close cooperation with Joma-Polytec and Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, the engineering plastic Ultramid has successfully been used to manufacture a number of fuel cell system components. This innovative solution is being used as standard in the new Mercedes GLC F-CELL, which combines a fuel cell with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. For the Mercedes GLC F-Cell, it is the all-round excellence of Ultramid’s properties that counts: good thermal and chemical resistance, dynamic stiffness, impact strength, and good long-term performance. Following successful testing of all components, the two glass fiber-reinforced Ultramid grades are now being used as standard to manufacture the anode- and cathode-end plate in fuel cells. (From a press release on March 11, 2019)


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