By D. Mann

Following the good fortune of the 1st (1995) version, this totally up-to-date record will supply an international assessment of using car plastics and composites in passenger automobiles, with an research of markets and traits to the 12 months 2007. distinctive cognizance is given to car weightloss.

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ISO: refers to the International Standards Organisation. This body has defined worldwide standards for testing materials often combining ASTM and DIN standards. Isotropic the properties are the same in all directions in a plastic compound. The opposite is anisotropic. LFT or Long Fibre Thermoplastic: a compound of long granules, with glass fibres of 5 to 25 mm length made by special compounding techniques. Properties resemble those of GMT. Short glass fibre thermoplastics, the usual commercial product, has fibres shorter than 1 mm to be converted by injection moulding.

There has been growing interest recently in magnesium and, although the main competitor for the plastics industry has been steel, this is changing. Aluminium and magnesium are now major competitors and substitution of materials is possible. 3 Location The establishment of new car plants in the developed markets of North America and Europe is not common, but also not unknown. Japanese investment has been a principal factor in adding vehicle manufacturing capacity in both regions and continues to do so.

H a r d n e s s : the hardness of a material can be measured by its resistance to scratching or indentation. Most hardness tests measure the resistance to indentation. It is usually expressed in degrees Rockwell hardness measured according to ISO 2039. H e a t r e s i s t a n c e or HDTUL" heat distortion temperature under load; gives an indication of the heat resistance of plastic materials. 45 MPa load respectively. 8 Automotive Plastics & Composites 1 Introduction Homopo~mer: a homogeneous polymer produced from a single monomer as a repeating unit, for example polystyrene (PS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) or polypropylene homopolymer.

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