Recorded Wednesday, May 18- Presented by PolyOne
Today, advanced mobility technology is moving faster than ever before. Sure, there might not
be a flying car in every garage, but we’re definitely heading into Jetsons territory. We’ll explore the trends and forces that are shaping the future of advanced mobility technology, pointing out the connections between these current and future developments and how advanced polymers can help make them possible. You’ll gain a better understanding of where mobility technology is heading and how you can adopt a fresh material perspective to meet the challenges it poses. Attend this webinar to learn:
- Which trends and forces are shaping the future of advanced mobility technology
- What challenges these trends present to designers and engineers
- Polymers, colorants and additives that make mobility advancements possible
- How specific materials meet each challenge
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What are some of the materials that can meet the challenge of these design directions? For thermal management, conductive polymers take the heat and dissipate it in heat-sensitive systems, such as infotainment systems and automotive LED lighting. For functional aesthetics, TPEs bring a soft touch in wide range of colors, while certain polymer additives can provide color harmonization across multiple polymer types. For vibration management, TPEs can also be customized to dissipate vibration as small amounts of heat, which can improve comfort in seats, and also stabilize sensitive electronics. TPEs are no longer just for look and feel. They’ve become very functional.
Finally, there’s a huge need for shielding. There’s more risk of crosstalk than ever before in vehicle interiors, and that’s a real safety concern. Specific EMI/RFI shielding and conductive formulations are the solution to this challenge.
Brad: Trend number two is the rise of advanced driver assist systems, also known as ADAS. These are the eyes, ears, and bodyguards of our modern vehicles. From backup cameras and blind spot monitoring radar, to sensors that keep tabs on environmental conditions and enhance performance, these systems are making travel safer and more enjoyable than ever before. They’re both interesting and useful, and they improve the ways our cars interact with us and protect the people we care about. They seem to be growing by the day.
They also place some unique requirements on the materials needed to produce them. As the technology that drives ADAS systems races forward, the materials that support it need to keep up. Each new innovation brings new challenges. This means that engineers need to approach materials selection with a fresh set of eyes.
Designers are creating new systems with an eye toward three challenges. Miniaturization. More tech must be densely packed into smaller spaces. Sensitive electronics are being placed in more demanding conditions, including exposure to heat and/or chemicals. Some component housings, interior and exterior, must complement vehicle design aesthetics.
These challenges can be translated to material needs for high dimensional stability. Devices must perform in all conditions without changing shape, and this requires customized engineering thermoplastic compounds. Vibration management. Thermoplastic elastomers can help maintain a steady environment to protect component performance.
Thermal management. Conductive polymers can keep ADAS tech cool and comfortable and can also prevent EMI/RFI interference between components. Functional aesthetics. Thermoplastic elastomers and custom compounds can offer the special effects and surface finish options that align form and function. Durable color. Some ADAS housings require vibrant, stable color that rests UV, and master batches are the answer here.
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