LANXESS Lightweight Load Compartment Well for Luxury Sedans

October 11 2021

Tepex dynalite continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite materials are increasingly being used as an alternative to metal in light-weight design. One new application for these composites from LANXESS is in the manufacture of the load compartment well installed in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for accommodating the 48V on-board power supply battery. The composite components can withstand high mechanical stresses and are around 30% lighter than comparable sheet metal components. “In the event of a crash, the battery must not penetrate or in any way damage the recess wall. This is ensured by the high strength and stiffness of our fabric-based composite material,” says Dr. Klaus Vonberg, an application expert for Tepex at LANXESS. “The composite design also ensures that the load compartment well is leaktight, preventing the ingress and egress of fluids like water and battery electrolyte.”

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