Applications of Plastics Under-the-Hood in Automotives provides information and guidance on the use of plastics in under-hood applications in the automotive industry, covering plastics materials, applications and processes utilized in the manufacture of automobile components. Plastics material and processing are expanding faster than ever, with more plastics applications being developed for various automotive components, and increasing pressure to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions through light weighting.
The book provides detailed background information on how plastics now play a key role in many areas of automotive design. The fundamentals of plastics materials are also discussed to enable the reader to thoroughly understand the way that material properties affect automotive component design.
Each under-hood application of plastics is covered in a significant amount of detail, enabling the reader to deploy these technologies in their work and identify opportunities and challenges. These applications include power train, fuel systems, suspension and transmission systems, as well as air filters, radiators, windshield wipers and more. Due to the critical nature of sustainability and material re-use in the automotive industry, chapters have been included to cover plastic material recyclability for under-hood applications. Future trends for automotive under-hood component design are also discussed in detail.
- Enables engineers to deploy plastics materials in a range of under-the-hood applications, including power train, fuel systems, suspension and transmission
- Provides detailed background information and context for the growth of plastics in automotive design, as well as insight on future trends from an established expert in the industry
- Emphasizes sustainability, including the recycling of polymers used in automotive applications, as well as the use of recycled polymers in these applications
Plastics in Automotive Industry 2. Front End Structure 3. Radiator and transcooler 4. Fan and fan shroud 5. Washer bottle and coolant reservoir 6. Air filter and air filter housing 7. Oil filter 8. Battery and battery housing 9. Engine and transmission components 10. Engine cooling system 11. NVH insulation and seals 12. Electrical lighting and wiring 13. Electrical generator 14. HVAC system and air filtration 15. Fuel handling system 16. Drive system 17. Suspension system 18. Windshield wiper module assembly 19. Horn and sensors 20. Fasteners 21. Recycling automotive underhood plastics 22. Future underhood material applications and processing
Dr. Sassan Tarahomi is Advanced Engineering Manager in Materials Engineering at International Automotive Components, previously of Lear Corporation. He has 10 years of experience in plastics tooling, 8 years working in automotive exterior and underhood plastics component design and conversion, followed by - most recently - 12 years in automotive interior design, development and plastic material development for automotive interior applications. He is a past-President of the Detroit section of the Society of Plastics Engineers.