The weight of an engine mount is currently mainly determined by the metal components used. To reduce weight and thus also CO2 emissions, the engineers at Vibracoustic strive to replace as many metal parts as possible with plastic parts. Engine mounts where thermoplastics take on the supportive function of metal are one result of this work. They are not only extremely light, but also very durable.
Engine mounts consist of a mounting bracket and a support arm that transfers engine shake into an isolating and damping element. In comparison to traditional, rubber to metal bonded engine mounts, Vibracoustic’s thermoplastic mount is half the mass. This mass reduction is achieved while maintaining durability, as well as an unparalleled resistance to corrosion.
We have been heavily focused on rolling out global and cost efficient development tools such as the anisotropic simulation and closed-loop, to help standardise the design and validation of rigid thermoplastics for use in anti-vibration systems and components. The light weight engine mount is the result of our strategy to develop thermoplastic versions of all 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.