Polyurethane-based adhesives, foams contribute to vehicle lightweighting


Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI) has partnered with the Deep Orange 4 team at Clemson University's (Clemson, SC) International Center for Automotive Research to support future automotive designers/engineers and highlight the broad Dow Automotive Systems portfolio of lightweighting products. The resulting concept vehicle was unveiled this week at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, MI.

Betamate polyurethane (PU) structural adhesives and Betafoam polyurethane (PU) structural foams from Dow Automotive Systems reportedly enabled design flexibility, added structural support, and bonded lightweight materials, in alignment with the student-run project goals. Dow Automotive Systems engineers also collaborated with the Deep Orange 4 team, providing application ideas and expertise in the area of lightweighting, mass reduction and structural support.

The Deep Orange 4 project is based on the BMW X3 and is defined as a versatile vehicle that targets the niche market of performance-oriented SUV customers who want both best-in-class utility/space and an aggressive sporty design. In addition, a cost-efficient manufacturing plan was developed to demonstrate how this low-volume derivative could be assembled without negatively impacting existing BMW production processes.
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