TrelleborgVibracoustic’s innovative thermoplastic power-train Mount has been engineered to reduce vibration and acoustic performance, while delivering improved cost-saving, weight-saving and reliability benefits to car manufacturers worldwide. As a result, the product not only ensures a smoother ride, but contributes significantly to increased vehicle fuel efficiency, thereby offering additional environmental advantages.
As a result of it’s thermoplastic construction, TrelleborgVibracoustic’s Light Weight Power-train Mount represents a market first and offers specific advantages to automotive manufacturers, including:
Cost and Weight Savings
TrelleborgVibracoustics thermoplastic power-train mount is a viable alternative to traditional steel mounts. It provides the same performance benefits, while offering significant material and production cost savings.
Reduced mass, double the durability
In comparison to traditional, rubber to metal bonded power-train mounts, TrelleborgVibracoustic’s thermoplastic mount is half the mass. This mass reduction is achieved while maintaining durability, as well as an unparalleled resistance to corrosion.
According to Ludovic Chauvet, Advanced Engineering Director at TrelleborgVibracoustic, achieving this superior level of durability was a key prerequisite in the design of the product. “Ensuring a level of durability that is second-to-none is a primary goal; if the part doesn’t perform as it should, it undermines our reputation for reducing NVH and enhancing isolation”, says Chauvet.
Environmental benefit through improved fuel efficiency
Thanks to the innovative features in the design of TrelleborgVibracoustic’s thermoplastic products, the accumulative result represents a positive effect towards the environment. In particular, the significant reduction in weight contributes to all-round greater fuel efficiency and hence a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, enabling car manufacturers to meet the increasingly stringent emissions targets set by Euronorms. Furthermore, thermoplastics have lower recycling costs than metals and avoid the need for paint coatings and corrosion resistant treatments such as phosphating8.
“For some time we have been heavily focused on rolling out global development tools to help standardise the design and validation of rigid thermoplastics for use in anti-vibration systems and components,” continues Chauvet. “Our Light Weight Engine Mount is the the result of our strategy to develop thermoplastic versions of all of our products. It is this particular unique expertise, together with our established industry pedigree that continues to give us an edge in the automotive market.”
TrelleborgVibracoustics components are produced using OEM approved materials and meet the stringent requirements of customer design validation plans.