The vehicle’s front-end carrier is a semi-structural application comprised of many different components, such as the headlamps, radiator, engine cooling fan, crash sensors, air guides, and/or energy absorbers. It is exposed to the high temperatures of the engine compartment and has to withstand the impact of road debris and varying weather conditions. It also needs to support the torsion stiffness of the car’s body and meet regulatory crash and safety criteria. As a result, the material for a front-end carrier needs to have outstanding fatigue, creep, and chemical resistance.
Our ENLITE™ Structural Polymers
enable you to achieve weight reduction targets for improved fuel efficiency and less carbon emissions – while also maintaining the existing functions of a front-end carrier and the parts connected to this application.
ENLITE™ Polypropylene Long-Glass-Fiber (PP-LGF) grades offer excellent environmental stress cracking resistance (ESCR) values and provide the needed chemical resistance. The high temperature stiffness of ENLITE™ Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Long-Glass-Fiber (ABS-LGF) Alloys delivers the right values for the required torsion stiffness.
Get in touch with our team for detailed information on how Trinseo Automotive’s expertise in material selection, tool design, and processing can improve the design freedom and functional integration for producing front-end carriers at optimized weight and reduced cost.