Recent studies show the government-mandated standards for the automotive industry will lead to conservation of natural resources and minimize the global carbon footprint. In addition, consumers can expect to save money in fuel costs over the lifetime of their vehicles once standards reach full effect. Automobile manufacturers are seeking innovative solutions to deliver better fuel economy and lower emissions, while consumers are looking for ways to pocket savings especially as gas prices remain high.
One part of the solution is the design of smaller, higher output powertrains. The materials specified in the critical components of engines and transmissions must be able to handle extremely aggressive, high-temperature environments. Lightweight PEEK polymers have a proven track record of successfully replacing metal parts in even the most demanding powertrain conditions.
Courtesy of ASM International, Advanced Materials & Processes, Vol. 171, No. 5, 2013.