Edition 2007, 423 pages
Today´s automotive industry is challenged by ever more stringent demands to reduce
fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Lightweight design and increased use of
advanced plastic components will be crucial for the next generation of cars complying
Engineers and manufacturers who develop and produce polymer-based components for
automotives are under pressure to reduce developing times and to optimize production
processes for quality and economic viability. Tools of choice are computer-aided
selection of polymers in combination with mathematical simulation for both, material
properties and production processes. They provide crucial help in finding innovative
and economical solutions when designing polymer applications for modern cars.
unique and timely book provides theoretical as well as practical reviews of novel
polymer applications for automotive engineering, covering material selection, simulation,
prototyping and manufacturing.
19 industrial case studies illustrate
current polymer applications for the exterior of passenger cars and commercial vehicles
"made in Europe". These studies describe component-specific and vehicle-specific
solutions, providing expert insights into current developments in the polymer industry
as well as novel component production and, most importantly, their innovative implementation
into industrial practice.