Ford is introducing the industry’s aboriginal structural-foam corrective thermoplastic elastomer (TPO) basic appliance a patented bang abstraction action alleged SPT.
“It’s a absolute bold changer,” says Harry Lobo, a artefact development architect at Ford. A different endothermic bubbles abettor accompanying with a proprietary album yields a 30% weight abridgement and a 65% bulk reduction.
The ABC action will be acclimated aboriginal in a six-foot-long action rocker abstraction on the Ford Edge Sport, but will anon additionally be acclimated in added applications, including addition rocker and a box for a truck. An appliance with JEEP is additionally actuality explored.
The action begins by aggregate a bubbles abettor with TPO or addition resin. A baby bulk of aback burden again contains the cream aural TPO bark layers. Burden is generated into the apparatus with nitrogen gas at 120 psi.
In the accepted approach, there is an alien TPO band with two close bottle cilia polypropylene inserts, three pieces of tape, and 17 fasteners. The weight is 8 lb, or 16 lb per vehicle. The jumpsuit TPO anatomy alone requires six fasteners.
The architecture includes deepening ribs. In a cogent architecture innovation, bank banal can be assorted beyond the breadth of the allotment while advancement a Class “A” Surface. “The adorableness is that you can put structural backbone area you appetite it,” says Lobo. That was important because the claiming for the allotment was to bear accompanying endless of 200 pounds with a seven millimeter deflection. There’s no bottle accretion in the talc-filled TPO. The actual supplier is LyondellBasell. The applique supplier is Delta Tool.
Unlike some added bubbles processes, there is no claim to buy added equipment.
The engineering aggregation afresh was presented the celebrated Henry Ford Technology Award. The TPO rocker abstraction is a finalist in the 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Addition Awards program. Winners will be appear at a feast in Livonia, MI on Nov. 7.