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9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Jul 21, 2016

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Mit dem Polyurethan-Schaumsystem Elastoflex® E von BASF ist es erstmals gelungen, ein Autoaußenbauteil in Sandwich-Wabentechnik mit Class-A-Folie in Großserie herzustellen. Das Dachmodul im Standardmodell des neuen smart fortwo besteht aus einer Papierwabe und zwei umschließenden Glasfasermatten, die mit Elastoflex® E 3532 besprüht und mit einer durchgefärbten Class-A-Oberflächenfolie verpresst werden. In einem einzigen Arbeitsschritt entsteht so ein Dachmodul, das um 30 Prozent leichter ist als das Seriendach des Vorgängermodells. Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015  With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex® E from BASF it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper honeycomb and two surrounding glass fiber mats. These are sprayed with Elastoflex® E 3532 and pressed together with a solid-colored class-A film. A single operation thus produces a roof module which is around 30 percent lighter than the standard roof on the previous model.  Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Honeycomb Structure is the Bee's-Knees for Automotive Lightweighting

BASF Advanced Plastic Parts ContiTech Cadillac Strut Mount

Apr 06, 2016

3 New Ways Advanced Composite Materials Are Light Weighting Today's Cars

The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

The Style of Raw Plastics Helps Lightweight and Beautify Today's Cars

Oct 08, 2015

The Style of Raw Plastics Helps Lightweight and Beautify Today's Cars

A side-by-side comparison of a traditional oil pan and that of the new oil pan made with carbon fiber composites.

Oct 05, 2015

Shedding Pounds in DOE's Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Project

Floatility's new lightweight and solar powered electric scooter, a boost to sustainable urban mobility.

Sep 03, 2015

Floating Over the Last Mile to Solve Short Commutes

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Aug 20, 2015

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Jul 21, 2016

9 Solutions BASF Offers to Help Automakers Meet CAFE Standards

Since 2012, U.S. automakers have kept a keen eye toward a milestone date thirteen years down the road. The U.S. Government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards mandated a more than doubling of vehicle fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025, representing a formidable challenge given technology available at that time. Yet in an industry where innovation is critical to success, OEMs and suppliers have made substantial strides toward meeting these requirements, in turn developing a wide array of technologies in production today.

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Mit dem Polyurethan-Schaumsystem Elastoflex® E von BASF ist es erstmals gelungen, ein Autoaußenbauteil in Sandwich-Wabentechnik mit Class-A-Folie in Großserie herzustellen. Das Dachmodul im Standardmodell des neuen smart fortwo besteht aus einer Papierwabe und zwei umschließenden Glasfasermatten, die mit Elastoflex® E 3532 besprüht und mit einer durchgefärbten Class-A-Oberflächenfolie verpresst werden. In einem einzigen Arbeitsschritt entsteht so ein Dachmodul, das um 30 Prozent leichter ist als das Seriendach des Vorgängermodells. Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015  With the polyurethane foam system Elastoflex® E from BASF it is possible for the first time to mass-produce an exterior car part featuring a honeycomb sandwich structure with a class-A film. The roof module in the standard model of the new smart fortwo consists of a paper honeycomb and two surrounding glass fiber mats. These are sprayed with Elastoflex® E 3532 and pressed together with a solid-colored class-A film. A single operation thus produces a roof module which is around 30 percent lighter than the standard roof on the previous model.  Photo: Daimler/BASF 2015

Jun 16, 2016

Honeycomb Structure is the Bee's-Knees for Automotive Lightweighting

The honeycomb design found in the insect world is making its way into the auto industry, beating out man-made blow molded polypropylene in terms of strength and weight. Used within a variety of automotive components, the honeycomb structure consists of corrugated paper that is made to resemble a honeycomb. It is surrounded on either side by fiber glass sheets and a layer of polyurethane is sprayed on the top and bottom.

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BASF Advanced Plastic Parts ContiTech Cadillac Strut Mount

Apr 06, 2016

3 New Ways Advanced Composite Materials Are Light Weighting Today's Cars

Advanced plastic parts show true promise in helping automakers meet their fuel economy goals. While total system overhauls may still be quite distant, automakers are making significant gains by targeting their lightweighting efforts on high-impact applications. Check out three ways BASF's Ultramid® polyamides were used to replace heavier materials and ensure the quality of standard for these premium brands.

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The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang with a carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcement (GOR). Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Dec 09, 2015

Mustang Lightens Its Grille with New Carbon Fiber Composite

Ford Performance wanted to showcase innovation on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang by creating a grille opening reinforcement made of carbon fiber. Ford approached Magna International Inc. to assist in the development of a lightweight GOR concept for the Shelby GT350. BASF was invited by Magna to suggest lightweight material concepts, which resulted in a carbon fiber GOR that was 24 percent lighter than the prior plastic-metal hybrid design.

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BASF’s Basotect® TG melamine foam is used in the engine cover for various Volkswagen vehicles.

Oct 15, 2015

Combating Heat and Noise Associated With Fuel Efficient Engines

The road to meeting global fuel efficiency standards has automakers trying to do more with less, like combining direct injection powertrains for high performance and cutting vehicle mass with lightweight materials. These smaller and increasingly efficient powerplants are becoming more widespread, especially in North America where the 2025 deadline for the Corporate-Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard is nearing. The federal mandate will require cars and trucks reach at least 54.5 miles per gallon.

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The Style of Raw Plastics Helps Lightweight and Beautify Today's Cars

Oct 08, 2015

The Style of Raw Plastics Helps Lightweight and Beautify Today's Cars

Emerald Insight reports that 62 to 90 percent of a customer's initial assessment of a product is based on color. We all know that color can play to one's mood and feelings. So, it's no surprise that it is a factor for today's drivers when evaluating a car.

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A side-by-side comparison of a traditional oil pan and that of the new oil pan made with carbon fiber composites.

Oct 05, 2015

Shedding Pounds in DOE's Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Project

Through persistence and cooperation, an automaker and multiple industry suppliers have come together to develop a multi-material concept vehicle that shaved off 25 percent of its weight when compared to a production model. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) project, Ford Motor Co. partnered with Vehma International, a division within Magna International Inc., to create a concept 2013 Ford Fusion that weighs as much as a 2013 Ford Fiesta.

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Floatility's new lightweight and solar powered electric scooter, a boost to sustainable urban mobility.

Sep 03, 2015

Floating Over the Last Mile to Solve Short Commutes

Imagine taking the subway only to get off and have to walk to your bus stop, job or home. This is a daily occurrence, because walking an hour to your final destination seems more sufficient than sitting in the car stuck in traffic. But what if you had a solution to get from point A to B more conveniently, eliminating that last mile frustration?

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Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Aug 20, 2015

Walk This Way: How Pedestrian Protection is Changing the Automotive Industry

Pedestrian protection is a growing concern, especially as mega-cities around the globe experience population shifts to more walkable communities. Economic research shows people are moving into downtowns and suburban neighborhoods that offer convenient and safe access to shopping and employment opportunities within walking distance. Couple this trend with regulatory action aimed to make vehicles safer for drivers and passengers, and automakers are responding with new technologies and design features offering better protection for pedestrians.

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