Graphene-Enhanced Automotive Rubber: Vehicle Tires and Components
When added to rubber tire formulas, XG Sciences xGnP® graphene nanoplatelets provide added durability and mechanical and thermal management improvements, taking tire performance to new levels. Graphene’s unique properties make it ideal for extending longevity of vehicle tires and reducing total vehicle costs.
Additional rubber applications that can be enhanced with xGnP graphene nanoplatelets include hoses, seals, grommets and belts to improve mechanical and thermal ageing performance.
Graphene in Automotive Composites
XG Sciences xGnP can also be used in automotive thermoplastic and thermoset materials to combat challenges such as microcracking, warpage, wear, chemical attack and processing speed pressures. Composites with xGnP graphene nanoplatelets in the form of master batch or polymeric resins demonstrate improved mechanical strength, barrier resistance, thermal management and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) benefits.
Typical composite applications include thermal system components, casing materials, foams or other plastic components.
Benefits Graphene Provides to the Automotive Industry:
- NVH – sound damping
- Wear resistance
- Thermal ageing
- Electrical performance improvement
- Flammability enhancements
- Corrosion resistance
- Lightweighting materials
- Advanced electronics integrations (conductive inks)
- UV protection
A leading automotive OEM sought out XG Sciences graphene technology to enhance various under-the-hood vehicle components, to improve the performance, strength and mechanical properties in its top-selling sports car.
The XG Sciences Solution
XG Sciences developed custom graphene nanoplatelets in polyurethane-based components, including fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers. The graphene components helped to reduce weight, achieving better heat conductivity and decreased noise. XG Sciences also determined how to reduce material costs using only a very small amount of graphene. Tests conducted by the automotive OEM found that when graphene is mixed with foam constituents, there is a 17% reduction in noise, a 20% improvement in mechanical properties and a 30% improvement in heat endurance properties over a foam that was constructed without graphene.
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XG Sciences produces graphene in various forms customizable to your manufacturing systems. These value-added substrates include liquid solutions (dispersions), master batches (composites) and graphene powders.
Contact us today to discuss the optimal graphene solution for your next project.