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ObservatoryNano Briefing No 6. Transport. Nano-enhanced automative plastic glazing

Sitja, Rosa (2010) ObservatoryNano Briefing No 6. Transport. Nano-enhanced automative plastic glazing. Other. ObservatoryNano.

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Abstract

Driven by the need to reduce vehicle weight, the desire for more design freedom, and for higher levels of safety, the automotive industry has been investigating the substitution of mineral glass windows by polymers (more specifically polycarbonate) glazing for decades. However, until recently some key performance specifications had not been reached; scratch resistance and long term ultraviolet (UV) resistance remained challenges. Recent advances involving nanotechnology are helping polycarbonate (PC) window developers to overcome these challenges. Due to these advances the automotive sector expects that in 2020, 20% of automotive glazing will be produced from PC. Hence, global PC revenues are expected to experience exponential growth in the automotive sector given market indications from 2008. This briefing explains how advances in nanotechnology using nanoscale additives to create compounds with new properties can improve the abrasion resistance and weatherability of PC glazing, and therefore contribute to the penetration of PC glazing in the automotive industry.

Item Type:Monograph (Other)
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
ID Code:10472
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:06 Jan 2011 14:12
Last Modified:06 Jan 2011 14:12

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