Polymerupdate Press Release - BASF - Light, thin and extremely robust - Elastolit® enables thin lightweight components in the vehicle
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BASF - Light, thin and extremely robust - Elastolit® enables thin lightweight components in the vehicle

Petrochemical industry | 18 Sep 2019 | Polymerupdate.com
Significant weight reduction for attachments with optimized PU-RRIM Composite Elastolit ® R 8819 Lightweight

First components successfully implemented in series production

Close cooperation between STR Automotive and BASF Key to success

BASF and STR Automotive have for the first time brought components for premium vehicles to production maturity in a joint project with the new material Elastolit ® R 8819 Lightweight. Compared to conventional processing with PU-RRIM materials, the new process impresses with a high weight saving. The standard component thickness of 3.0 mm can be reduced to less than 2.5 mm without having negative effects on processing, quality or mechanical properties.

Weight savings with Elastolit ®

Small-series front and rear aprons are usually made of polyurethane short-fiber reinforced polyurethane (PU-RRIM) systems with a wall thickness of 3.0 mm. Attempts to reduce weight by reducing component thickness or by a special combination of fillers and concomitant lower material density failed due to inadequate mechanical properties such as stiffness, strength and toughness. Even with the climate change test, this procedure could not convince.

In the intensive exchange between BASF and STR Automotive, a technological solution was found for the problem, which is based on a high-modulus PU starting material with high temperature resistance and strength as well as very good toughness.

"The better performance of the matrix material allows the designer to make the component significantly thinner without having to put up with quality limitations," explains Jürgen Schneider, Technical Development at BASF Polyurethanes GmbH in Lemförde. Depending on the requirements and the application, Elastolit ® R 8819 Lightweight can be combined with various fillers: a standard mineral fiber for components such as rear aprons, a mineral / carbon fiber combination for vertical components with a low coefficient of thermal expansion (eg sidewall) or a combination of carbon fiber and carbon fiber lightweight hollow glass spheres for components in which a particularly high weight reduction is in the foreground.

Together to success

"Decisive for the successful market launch of this new development was the close cooperation with STR Automotive. Giuseppe Monaco, Key Account Manager for Performance Materials at BASF Italia SpA, explains, "With the innovative specialist, we have a partner who has accompanied material development at an early stage on the real component and contributed his expertise in component design and manufacturing."

Already in the first production parts, which were implemented with Elastolit ® R 8819 Lightweight, the weight could be reduced by 600 grams per m² surface. With a rear fairing this means a weight saving of up to 1.5 kilograms. Very satisfied Dr. Massimo Cecchini, CEO of the company STR Automotive founded in 2002. "With the new material and the filler options compatible with it, we have a good toolbox to respond to a wide range of requirements. For our customers it is important that they get high-quality components. A weight reduction must not be at the expense of quality and a balanced price-performance ratio must be given. "

The Italian specialist for trim parts in the Automotive Exterior and Interior also sees potential for applications resulting from the higher temperature stability of the material. This allows additional areas of application for the material, for example in the engine compartment.

About the Performance Materials division of BASF

BASF~s Performance Materials division pools all of BASF~s materials know-how for innovative, customized plastics under one roof. Operating in four major industries - transportation, construction, industrial applications and consumer products - the division has a broad portfolio of products and services and a deep understanding of application-oriented system solutions. Key drivers of profitability and growth are our close collaboration with customers and a clear focus on solutions. Strong R & D competencies form the basis for the development of innovative products and applications. In 2018, worldwide sales of the Performance Materials division amounted to € 7.65 billion. More information on the Internet at: www.plastics.basf.com .

About BASF

Chemistry for a sustainable future, that~s what BASF stands for. We combine economic success with the protection of the environment and social responsibility. Around 122,000 employees work for the BASF Group to contribute to the success of our customers in almost every sector and in almost every country in the world. We have grouped our portfolio into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. In 2018, BASF achieved sales of around € 63 billion worldwide. BASF shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. More information at www.basf.com .
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