RTP Company Develops Thermally Conductive Compounds for Reducing Vehicle Weight by Replacing Metal

Oct 15 2012

RTP Company has introduced new thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems. The new products have been specially formulated to increase the thermal management design options available to automotive industry engineers as they strive to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel efficiency. "The automotive market is putting more emphasis on eliminating metals in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency," said Neil Hardwick, Conductive Products Marketing Manager for RTP Company. "These thermally conductive compounds from RTP Company give engineers the opportunity to redesign heating and cooling systems in ways that have never before been possible." Automobile systems that are ideal candidates for redesign using thermally conductive compounds include both air-cooled and liquid-cooled systems for batteries, emissions control, lighting modules, and electric vehicle thermal management. Thermal conductivity characteristics can be incorporated into a variety of resin systems including polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), nylons (PA), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and polyphthalamide (PPA) among others. All RTP Company products are available worldwide through their global network of full-service facilities that provide technical support from design through finished part production. Thermally conductive compounds offer many benefits over aluminum or stainless steel for vehicles. Advantages plastics offer over metal materials include: the ability to provide electrical isolation, reduction in part weight by up to 50%, lower manufacturing costs and simplified production using efficient injection molding processing, and longer system lifecycles by eliminating corrosion.

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