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  • Calvin

    The final frontier of automotive lightweighting: The electrical system


    The final frontier of automotive lightweighting: The electrical system

    Calvin Nichols, Global Automotive Market Segment Manager at BASF, explains how an innovative, shielded polymer that replaces aluminum and steel module covers can reduce part weight by 10% or more.

  • Scott

    A lighter powertrain with plastics


    A lighter powertrain with plastics

    BASF partnered with OEMs to produce a powertrain that satisfies the most rigorous automotive standards. The result? Higher fuel economy through lightweighting.

  • Chris

    The next level of automotive customization


    The next level of automotive customization

    Consumers are demanding more and more customization in their car interiors. Using Elastollan TPU as a light transmission material, manufacturers can give it to them.

Q&A from the Experts

  • I have an idea for a new design--can you help me?

    We provide solutions tailored to fit your requirements, optimized and adjusted in our appliance lab to match your needs. Specific processing conditions are simulated and optimized, with the final products tested, applying international standards and manufacturers’ test procedures. 

  • How does the use of polyurethane impact the manufacturing process?

    Polyurethane requires less time to cure and eliminates the need for fiberglass lay-up, so cycle times are reduced and higher volume production is possible. That gives manufacturers a clear advantage over older technologies. In addition, overall strength and quality is improved.

  • How does Cellasto® compare with rubber?

    Compared with rubber, Cellasto MPU parts exhibit excellent dynamic durability, high volume compressibility, low compression set, excellent low temperature flexibility and consistent performance over time. Parts made of Cellasto MPU are lower in weight than rubber parts of comparable size.

  • What are the progressive deflection characteristics of Cellasto®?

    The density of these moldings range from 350 kg/m³ to 650 kg/m³ depending on the mass of material used. Their cell volume amounts to 63% to 50% of the molding volume. The cell diameter amounts to tenths of a millimeter and the cells can be open or closed depending on the density. Compression loads first compress the cell volume and later the material itself. It therefore becomes harder as compression increases.

  • Do I need to take creep into consideration when using Cellasto®?

    When dimensioning Cellasto® mouldings the so-called creep - compression increasing over time under constant load - must be taken into consideration.

  • How do run-flat tires using Cellasto® work?

    The run-flat-tire developed especially for BMW by BASF Polyurethanes ensures driving safety. This wheel in a wheel ensures a safe continuation of the journey even in cases of destroyed and pressure-less tires, even at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h). When things get tight the Cellasto wheel assumes the supporting function of the tires.

  • What formulas are available for the automotive industry?

    Wide-ranging one- and two-component formulas are available, based on physical property or processing needs. Adhesives can be made to a range of hardness, elasticity, water or chemical resistance, or wide temperature-range performance. They help cut time, labor, manufacturing and assembly costs. Our adhesives also work well with other BASF polyurethane chemistries and are available with the same industry-leading technical service support.

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