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Application development by using TAFNEX

01.Concept Car "hour's Pod"

At the JEC World 2019 in Paris, France, Mitsui Chemicals uveiled the "hour´s Pod" concept car. Self-driving vehicles will usher in a more diverse range of ways to enjoy time and space while traveling. “hour's Pod” creates new value for the transportation environment by combining multiple refined materials. The technological capabilities of Mitsui Chemicals make the concept possible.

02.Local Reinforcement of a Tailgate

The modified tailgate is a good example for the effectiveness of local reinforcements. By local reinforcement with TAFNEX™ CF-PP UD, the displacement was reduced by 15% and the stiffness increased.

03.Local Reinforcement of Organosheets

By using TAFNEX™ CF-PP UD tapes with organosheets it is possible to improve the local mechanical properties. Patching a GF based organosheet with one TAFNEX™ CF-PP UD layer result in 40% higher bending stiffness or even 100% at higher temperatures.

04.Concept study of a polylefine based seat design

Re-design of a virtual seat demonstrator using TAFNEX™ CF-PP UD and CF-PP LFT material and substituting metal parts. Potential weight reduction up to 40% against conventional seat back.

05.Tube Processing

Thermoplastic tubes are able to accommodate secondary processing. The tubes are possible to reshape. Additionally it is possible to combine the tube in a back injection molding process to integrate new functions and designs on the tube. Compared to thermoset tubes, thermoplastic based tubes have lower vibration and lower sudden breaking down risk.

06.Front bumper beam made of polypropylen material mix

The front bumper beam was made with the FiberForm technology from Krauss Maffei Group. The process is a combination of sheet forming and back injection molding. Both materials are supplied by Mitsui Chemicals. The sheet is customized for the specific loadcase using TAFNEX™. Two sheet variants have been used:

+ Full CF-PP sheet made of TAFNEX™
+ Hybrid sheet made of TAFNEX™ and GF-PP UD tapes

By using this combination of different thermoplastic processes and materials it is possible to substitute the metal parts. By integrating more functions in one part it is possible to reduce process cost and cycle time. 

The information contained herein is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate and reliable. However, since the actual conditions of use(s) of our products are beyond our control, IT IS THE USER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSUME ALL RISKS OF SUCH USE(S) FOR SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS. Mitsui Chemicals makes no guarantees of results and assumes no liability in connection with its recommendations or suggestions.  Nothing contained herein shall be construed as a recommendation for use in violation of any patents or of applicable laws and regulations. 

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