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Solvay expands its glass fiber-reinforced grades series for automotive electronics applications

News International-French

28 Oct 2015

Advanced grades in Amodel AE-8900 series meet performance criteria for emerging automotive electronics applications.

Solvay Specialty Polymers, a supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, has expanded its Amodel AE-8900 series of products for automotive electronics applications by adding five new glass fiber-reinforced grades with glass filler ranging from 30 to 60 percent. The new Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) materials provide high voltage resistance and retention of dielectric properties at elevated temperatures. They also extend the performance envelope beyond the Amodel AE-1100 and AE-4100 series by delivering greater resistance to automotive fluids, enhanced thermal properties, higher mechanical strength and lower moisture absorption.

“Automotive design engineers are intensely focused on greater electrification of the drivetrain in order to meet upcoming carbon dioxide emissions standards in Europe and emerging Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in the United States and China,” said Brian Baleno, global automotive business development manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. “Our new Amodel AE grades exemplify Solvay’s industry leadership by expanding the range of advanced materials that meet or exceed critical design criteria for these emerging electronic drive systems.”

Solvay’s Amodel AE-8900 series includes AE-8930, AE-8935, AE-8940, AE-8950 and AE-8960 grades, which have 30, 35, 40, 50 and 60 percent glass fiber reinforcement respectively. They offer the best performance among commercially available PPAs with comparative tracking index (CTI) values in excess of 600 volts, indicating excellent resistance to electrical breakdown of the insulating material. This attribute eliminates the possible shorting out or cross-talk between sensitive electrical contacts.

Notably, Amodel AE-8935 provides the best crack resistance during thermal shock testing of any commercial PPA product. This grade, along with Amodel AE-8940 PPA, meets key design criteria for emerging automotive technologies, such as electric motors, fuel cell vehicles and power electronics. Specifically, they deliver a high CTI, strong moisture resistance and reliable performance at temperatures ranging from -40° to 150°C (-40° to 302°F).

Solvay Specialty Polymers expanded its Amodel AE-8900 series of polyphthalamide (PPA) polymers for automotive electronics applications by adding five new glass fiber reinforced grades that provide high voltage resistance and retention of dielectric properties at elevated temperatures. The five new high-performing grades also deliver greater resistance to automotive fluids, enhanced thermal properties, higher mechanical strength and lower moisture absorption to support development of electrified drivetrains and other demanding automotive electronics applications.

More information: www.solvay.com