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DuPont™ Vamac® ethylene acrylic elastomer (AEM) has been chosen by Huber + Suhner AG, Switzerland, a leading supplier of automotive cable systems, as insulation for battery cables supplied to Fiat, Ford, Jaguar, GM/Holden and Renault, and also as screened insulation cables for hybrid prototypes and the fully electric Tesla Roadster.
An integrated baffle and seal lip assembly, made of DuPont™ Hytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomer, is used in two new transmissions from General Motors. The unique solution helps condense packaging space and enable better clutch and transmission durability.
Vehicle weight reduction is a major challenge. While plastics are inherently lighter than metals, lightweighting requires more than direct material substitution. DuPont predictive engineering and design teams work with customers, using insight and high-performance DuPont materials to redesign for lower weight, often integrating functions to cut costs at the same time.
It has been calculated that six of every seven liters of fuel put into a vehicle are lost to inefficiencies. Connecting inefficiencies to friction, studies have found that somewhere around 10 percent of this lost energy is attributed to friction between moving parts.
The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®.
DuPont is working with our auto industry collaborators to help them develop the next generation of sustainable mobility solutions. Together, we’re helping reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions to help manage the environmental impact associated with the world’s increasing demand for automotive mobility.
A Global EHS Leaders Survey released by Verdantix, an independent research firm, ranks DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) as the “stand-out brand in the EHS consulting market”. According to the survey, 77% of responders are aware of DSS and 32% rank DSS at the top of the list for brand preference.
Production safety is a priority task for any industrial enterprise. This matter is particularly important for managers of complex production facilities with high potential of emergencies or accidents. Safety assurance is a non-stop process that must involve highly skilled professionals and that requires continuous management’s attention.
Learn how DuPont can help your company protect value and manage risk through our PSM Learning and Development offerings.
Touch any garment from the comprehensive DuPont ™ Tyvek® product range and you immediately notice the difference. Antistatically-treated Tyvek® is a unique and versatile material that is tough and exceptionally low-linting, yet extremely light and soft. It is permeable to air and water vapour, yet repels water-based liquids and aerosols, as well as fine particles and fibres.
A quick guide to elastomer properties and application development assistance.
The broad DuPont elastomer portfolio provides seals and gaskets for demanding applications.
Low friction plastic applications developed in collaboration with DuPont experts can help improve durability and performance, reduce maintenance, and can even contribute to reduced use of fossil fuels.
DuPont plastics applications for the powertrain help automakers reduce weight and integrate parts, which boosts automotive performance and delivers productivity and cost savings.
Low-emission DuPont™ Delrin® 300TE acetal resin (POM) is the first impact-modified POM from DuPont to meet the automotive industry's demanding requirements for the use of plastics in vehicle interiors.
DuPont high-performance materials for turbochargers and emissions systems can withstand the high heat and corrosive fluids in downsized engines, and reduce friction and improve wear for components.
Technology that boosts efficiency, while reducing the size of gas and diesel engines, is the main route to lower emissions and improved fuel economy.
DuPont has a portfolio of chemical resistant elastomers and thermoplastics to match a broad spectrum of challenges – from aggressive automotive fuels to custom industrial equipment.
DuPont offers a range of tested heat resistant elastomers for applications from automotive engines to oil and gas production equipment.
DuPont™ Vespel® parts and shapes and DuPont™ Delrin® acetal resin are high-strength, low-friction mechanical plastics that deliver performance for automotive, consumer, and industrial applications.
DuPont materials and solutions help automakers control car manufacturing costs while meeting tough regulatory compliance guidelines.
DuPont offers a wide range of heat resistant plastics to replace metal, ceramics and other polymers in uses from automotive engines to oil and gas production.
At-a-glance guide to DuPont polymer properties and application development opportunities.
DuPont vehicle safety solutions help increase safety across the whole automotive value chain, from employee safety on the production floor to driver and passenger safety on the road.
DuPont was the first company to commercialize a PA1010 polymer for the automotive market. Zytel® RSLC 1610 is a PA1010 specifically formulated to provide better thermal properties and chemical resistance to biodiesel fuel, compared with the materials it replaced.
Garments made of Nomex® fibre have helped protect firefighters for decades. Continuous exhaustive testing proves that they excel in the long-term retention of their heat and flame protective qualities.
Today’s firefighters need to be able to optimise budget vs. performance, without compromising on safety. For decades DuPont™ Nomex® fibre has demonstrated lasting protective performance, while helping to minimise repair and maintenance costs.
Heat stress is a dangerous condition in any situation, but for firefighters it can be especially life threatening. In fact, heat stress is the number-one cause of casualties among firefighters. Nomex® fibre helps reduce heat stress due to its higher air permeability.
DuPont Automotive North America Development Director Mike Day shares new ways plastics and composites can help the industry improve fuel economy without compromising power.
A newly-developed two-component air duct blow-molded using stiff yet elastic DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC/ET, connects the intercooler and throttle body of the three liter, six cylinder twin-turbo engine from BMW.
For maximum protection against fires, the body must be covered as completely as possible with flame-resistant protective clothing. This requires long pants and long sleeves, making for hot work in warm and humid climates. Understandably, industrial workers may be concerned about potential heat stress when wearing protective apparel. Learn more about the factors that can lead to heat stress, and how DuPont brands can help offer comfort and protection in protective garments.
The superior lifecycle of DuPont™ Protera®, as well as its thermal-resistant protection and ease of maintenance, sets it apart from FR-treated fabrics. See how Protera® compares.
The plant-derived DuPont™ Zytel® RS 610 nylon resin that debuts on a new automotive radiator end tank from DENSO Corp. illustrates the benefits of close collaboration throughout the value chain and marks the first use of DuPont renewably-sourced plastic in mechanical components exposed to the hot, chemically aggressive underhood environment.
DuPont helps its customers outpace the competition by bringing the Miracles of Science™ and materials-based solutions to help drive vehicle design and development.
Toyota's new hybrid vehicle, "Prius α" (Prius alpha), features automotive interior parts made of DuPont™ Sorona® EP polymer, a high-performance, renewably sourced thermoplastic resin, contributing to the advanced interior design while also reducing the environmental footprint.
At DuPont’s Asian automotive centers, automakers and OEMs collaborate with the DuPont network of 9,500 scientists and engineers to solve critical challenges, including reducing emissions, improving fuel economy, increasing vehicle safety, and increasing the speed to market of those solutions.
DuPont™ Zytel® HTN was the material of choice for Woco Industrietechnik GmbH during the development of a pneumatic switchover unit which is exposed to high internal pressures. It is used in air suspension systems from Continental Automotive Systems.
To facilitate the choice of mechanical (cut) protective clothing, both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Union (EU) have developed cut standards for selection criteria.
Tata Toyo’s adoption of DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for several charge air coolers for vehicles manufactured by a major Indian automotive OEM illustrates the material’s performance and the benefits of collaborating on automotive plastic part design with a global materials-science company like DuPont.
Materials will play an increasingly important role helping the auto industry resolve fuel economy and emissions challenges, according to 95 percent of design engineers surveyed by DuPont Automotive and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
DuPont automotive solutions give automotive engineers a wide range of vehicle design options, including technologies for noise reduction, longer-lasting, more vibrant textiles, more sustainable air conditioning solutions, and more stylish LED systems.
Several high-performance material families —DuPont™ Zytel® long chain polyamide product family comprising 612 and renewably sourced 610 and 1010.
Today’s automotive design professionals must resolve competing needs: greater fuel economy, CO2 emissions reduction, lower costs, and improved performance, safety, and comfort. DuPont’s integrated global application development teams focus on eight automotive themes to guide the development of innovative, science-driven solutions.
Vamac® is the elastomer of choice for automatic transmission seals because of its good performance in the most aggressive automatic transmission fluids (ATF).
As alternative drive vehicles evolve, the challenges only multiply. DuPont is working with automotive manufacturers to help them improve efficiency and range in today’s hybrid and electric vehicles, and further the development of the fuel-cell powered vehicles of tomorrow.
DuPont Performance Polymers brings global knowledge to local application development at innovation center facilities located in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The use of engineering thermoplastics in automotive components has grown significantly over the last 25 years with many new applications in powertrain, electrical components, chassis, trim components and other vehicle areas.
DuPont offers a range of materials designed to resist high temperatures and aggressive fuels in automotive fuel hoses.
Bonded piston seals made of Vamac® deliver high-temperature durability and resistance to automotive service lubricants.
DuPont Automotive has the broadest range of high-performance materials for hybrid and electric vehicles, which play an ever more important role in helping to reduce carbon emissions and dependence on petroleum. With its deep application expertise, DuPont helps automakers quickly develop more efficient, safer, lighter vehicles.
General Motors’ use of DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon for its Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo powering Cadillac CTS vehicles captured the ‘Most Innovative Use of Plastics” Award in the Materials category from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Division. The award-winning engine-appearance and acoustic cover is molded by Camoplast Polymer Solutions, Richmond, Quebec, Canada.
Engine downsizing, lightweighting, turbocharging, direct injection, and exhaust gas recirculation are all responses to the drive for greater fuel economy, higher engine efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. But these advances come at a price. They generate more heat, and involve more aggressive gases, fluids, and acidic gas/air mixtures, often under high pressure.
DuPont renewably sourced automotive interior materials help automakers support sustainability efforts without sacrificing performance. Materials include DuPont™ Sorona® fiber for carpeting and seat upholstery, DuPont™ Sorona® EP thermoplastic polymer for injection molding applications such as vent louvers, and DuPont™ Hytrel® RS thermoplastic elastomer for airbag systems.
DuPont™ Opteon® YF (HFO-1234yf) is a new refrigerant with a GWP of 4, which exceeds the EU MAC Directive by 97 percent. Developed in partnership with Honeywell, Opteon® YF refrigerant is an energy-efficient, safe and easy-to-implement solution, delivering environmental, industry and consumer benefits.
With global biofuel use expected to double by 2015, DuPont has developed a new generation of heat-, pressure- and chemical-resistant elastomers for fuel system components that can withstand aggressive fuel environments.
Toyota Camry Hybrid with fuel pump sender seal of DuPont™ Viton® fluoroelastomers meets PZEV-Phase III fuel permeation limits
Fuel Line Made of Renewably Sourced DuPont™ Zytel® Nylon Provides Long-Term Resistance to Biodiesel
anvisgroup of Bad Soden-Salmünster, Germany, working in cooperation with Volkswagen, has developed the first catalytic converter bracket for cars to be made from an engineering thermoplastic.
Ford, Fiat and Toyota walked away with innovation awards at the 2011 Society of Plastics Engineers “Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards” event for components that use two renewably sourced DuPont materials — DuPont™ Zytel® RS nylon and DuPont™ Sorona® EP polymer — and one component using DuPont™ Hytrel® TPC-ET.
Recent testing of DuPont™ Vamac® ultra ethylene acrylic elastomers (AEM) and new grades of DuPont™ Zytel® nylon resins and semi aromatic DuPont™ Zytel® HTN in aggressive AdBlue* aqueous urea solution has demonstrated the effectiveness of these products for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems used to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines.
Joint development work between Takata-Petri of Aschaffenburg, Germany, and DuPont has resulted in the launch of a new grade of DuPont™ Hytrel® RS, the industry’s first renewably-sourced thermoplastic elastomer for use in airbag systems.
What are the differences between “inherent” and “treated” flame resistant fabrics? Learn how each fabric reacts when exposed to heat, and when flame-resistant properties can be removed.
Durable, inherently fire-resistant Nomex® fiber has an excellent wear life and helps contribute to bottom-line savings.
Kevlar® Engineered Elastomer for tire reinforcement is based on a new method to disperse para-aramid pulp into rubber. Read the study that explains the science behind this innovative pulp that has been adopted with success in the automobile industry.
Zytel® Plus is helping automakers reduce weight and integrate parts in powertrain systems, making vehicles lighter, more fuel efficient and helps to reduce total system costs.
PPA materials offer great resistance to hydrolysis and moisture and they are relied upon for cost effective applications such as water inlets/outlets, thermostat housings, water pumps and impellers
DuPont has been working on PA12 alternatives and has established global development and supply teams to work with customers to quickly qualify alternative materials for use in many automotive and industrial components.
DuPont has the industry’s widest range of UL-approved electrical insulation system (EIS) materials for encapsulation, coil forms, and other electrical and electronics uses.
DuPont™ Hytrel® has provided durable performance in over a billion automotive CV joint boot applications over the last 25 years.
DuPont supports efforts/initiatives to improve sustainability in the automotive industry with high performance and renewably-sourced polymers that can help increase fuel efficiency while reducing energy loss, emissions and costs.
Many of today’s vehicle system environments are like a pressure cooker of aggressive chemicals. Very few materials have the right combination of characteristics to withstand that kind of severe treatment. DuPont is at the forefront of the development of the latest generation of high performance materials.
DuPont is working with automakers to develop materials that help optimize engine efficiency. Focus areas include heat and friction management, exhaust gas recirculation, and re-imagining turbocharger technology or injection systems for mainstream vehicle production.