In the rubber and tire industries, it is common knowledge that rubber is a living material. During mechanical loading, rubber changes its mechanical behavior due to inner structural changes on the molecular scale. It is therefore important to have information about the structure of rubber, the molecular mobility, the size of carbon black clusters within the rubber during dynamic-mechanical treatment.
Four technology-driven trends disrupt the automotive industry and transform mobility as we know it today. Our future cars will be autonomous, electric, shared and connected. Polymer parts and components will not become redundant. They will rather be used for different applications. Learn which material properties are crucial in tomorrow’s cars.
The actors in the automotive supply chain are constantly forced to keep up with changing requirements in their industry. Higher fuel efficiency and technological innovations bring about environmental regulations that need to be considered in the design of automotive parts and components. Here, crucial material properties like thermal and mechanical resistance can be determined with thermal analysis.
Today, no industry lives and breathes more by the saying “Time is money” like the automotive industry. Car manufacturers pass tough improvement targets on to their suppliers of parts and components. Striving to meet constantly changing demands is often accompanied by new assessments of thermoplastic materials. Learn why thermal analysis is crucial in this process.
Thermoplastic materials have enjoyed increasing popularity in automotive manufacturing. Current environmental and economic concerns additionally raise the awareness of the various advantages of the material. Learn which materials are the most popular in today’s cars.
Did you know that motor vehicles were involved in 19 % of all product recalls listed by the Rapid Alert database in 2018? In the automotive industry, recent product failures concern the rupture and leakage of fuel tanks due to errors in the production process. It is crucial to find the cause of failure that can result from either design-, material- or production-related causes. Four thermal analysis instruments can answer many questions.
Plastics have significantly gained importance in automotive engineering. From being a metallic colossus in the 1950s, cars have been transformed to modern, lightweight versions of their former selves. The material does not only act as a design component. More importantly, thermoplastics are a booster for fuel efficiency due to its low weight. This evolution brings about severe challenges for suppliers and OEMs. They have to tackle five challenges to remain part of the future automotive ecosystem.
Plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable and future-oriented material. 225,000 visitors from 165 countries informed themselves about recycling systems, sustainable raw materials and resource-saving processes at K show 2019 in Düsseldorf. Sustainability, industry 4.0 and automation solutions are the leading topics of the exhibitors.
Plastic recycling presents many challenges across the manufacturing workflow. One of the biggest challenges is controlling the uncertainty of feedstock quality. Variations in quality arise from mixtures of different polymer types in the recycling process. This is a step-by-step guide for the quality control of recycled plastics with the NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma.
Ever since plastics have become a popular material, manufactures have produced a total of 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic. The production and usage of plastic has been a resounding success. However, it is alarming what is happening to the plastic that has served its time. The challenges posed by mechanical recycling can be overcome with thermal analysis.