Revolutionary Lightweighting Foams for Next Gen Automotive Challenges
Design Engineers in the emerging EV (Electric Vehicle) and AV (Autonomous Vehicle) markets are being faced with an impetus to save weight; it's a key focus for the global automotive industry considering up to 75% of fuel consumption is related to vehicle weight. Techsil is excited to be showcasing some pioneering lightweight silicone and polyurethane foams which they anticipate will revolutionise potting and encapsulation in the EV and AV markets.
Aside from being ultra-lightweight, foams can be very fast forming; they offer excellent protection to electronics; come with easy to use mix ratios and are perfectly suited for high volume, automated production lines.
Silicone Lightweighting Foams
The silicone foam is a variable density flame retardant foam system which has just undergone vigorous testing potting 3D printed parts. The application requires the chosen material to act as an ultra-lightweight gap fill and to provide water ingress protection for electronics, the product has performed remarkably and overcome multiple assembly issues. It is exceptionally fast forming and very versatile, it cures at room temperature and for the case of this application, it is being injected into the moulds.
Polyurethane Lightweighting Foams
The PU foam Techsil is most excited about is a grade already in production on a market leading electric vehicle carbon fibre spoiler. It’s a rigid, closed cell, 10lb density, foam system which flows exceptionally well into mould cavities and has excellent physical properties once cured.