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Continental & aft automotive JV for Future of Mobility

Auto News - Published on Tue, 11 Aug 2020

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Technology Company Continental and system supplier aft automotive are setting up a joint venture to manufacture couplings made of high-performance plastics for the future of mobility. The partners have signed a relevant agreement to create a 50 50 joint venture. The two companies have already been jointly developing special couplings that connect the cooling circuit or the turbocharger & charge-air cooler with units in the engine compartment since 2016. This successful development partnership is now being further expanded by setting up a joint venture.

Unlike conventional vehicles, electric vehicles require multiple cooling circuits with sophisticated thermal management. Batteries in electric vehicles achieve optimum operating efficiency at temperatures between 20 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius. This temperature span enables long ranges, allows the batteries to work more efficiently and extends battery lifetimes. For that reason, in similar fashion to drive and power components, the batteries have to be either cooled or heated, depending on the outside temperature. That results in complex circuits that significantly increase the demands on the individual components. The weight of the new hose generation is also being further reduced.

The right mixture of rubber, polyamide and aluminum materials and ingenious line geometry ensure the system has adequate inherent stability. Special lines and couplings made of high-performance plastics are developed for this.

Sophisticated thermal management extends the range of e-vehicles. Lines and connectors remain vital lifelines in cars , both for hybrid and electric vehicles and for IC engines which is a major contribution to the future of mobility.

Up till now, line systems have often been made of rubber or stainless steel. Especially in vehicles with hybrid drives or electric motors, though, there is a growing trend towards replacing rubber with premium technical plastics. This has allowed the developers to achieve further weight reductions while simultaneously improving performance: Plastic components reduce vehicle weight and thus help lower fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions. At the same time, the downsizing of space in IC engines is changing the demands on connectors and lines because lighter, quieter and higher-power drives result in increased pressure and thermal loads. For example, auxiliary unit components in the latest generation of IC engines have to withstand continuous temperatures of 160 degrees Celsius for over 3,000 hours with temperature peaks of up to 210 degrees Celsius. High-performance plastics such as heat-stabilized polyamide are able to meet these demands in full.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 11 Aug 2020
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