Motorists can expect to save an average of $8000 over the lifetime of the vehicle once government-mandated CAFE standards reach full effect according to recent studies. These fuel savings will be realized through a variety of means, with one part of the solution being in the design of smaller, higher power output engines paired with higher efficiency transmissions. Here, advanced engineering thermoplastics may have a role to play.
The materials specified in the critical components of these engines and transmissions must be able to handle extremely aggressive, high-temperature environments. Lightweight Victrex PEEK polymers from Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA) have more than 30 years of success in replacing metals and other polymers in the most demanding conditions and as such PEEK is a leading candidate for demanding drive train applications....