Polymers in Automobiles. Candace “Mustang” DeMarti Henry “Firebird” Antonovich Kevin “Camaro” Reinhart. Overview. Plastics vs. Metals Polymer Applications in Automobiles - Instrument Panels - Engine - Windows - Tires - Body Panels. Why use plastics?.
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Candace “Mustang” DeMartiHenry “Firebird” AntonovichKevin “Camaro” Reinhart
Sheet Steel - still most commonly used for vehicle body structure
Aluminum- weighs less but costs more
Plastics - increasingly used for metals parts replacement
2. Flexural Modulus
3. Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
4. Chemical Resistance
5. Impact Resistance
6. Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)
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