Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-0316

Thermoplastic Materials for Throttle Body Applications 1999-01-0316

Use of thermoplastic materials for throttle body applications can offer substantial weight, cost, and integration benefits. This paper will discuss the many elements that comprise materials selection, as well as the design and testing of composite throttle bodies. Polyetherimide (PEI), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials will be discussed and compared as candidates for automotive throttle bodies.
The focus areas that will be covered in this paper include:
  • Materials Selection - The criteria for materials selection will be discussed and the properties of candidate thermoplastics compared with key requirements of throttle body applications.
  • Bore and Plate Dimensional Stability and Consistency - The effects of thermal cycling, coefficient of thermal expansion, humidity, and design will be discussed, as well as their relation to bore/plate air leakage.
  • Chemical Resistance - Chemical resistance requirements for throttle body applications and chemical resistance of the candidate materials will be presented.
  • Parts Integration and Advanced Applications - The benefits of parts integration are discussed. Some examples of integration are presented and opportunities for further integration are suggested, including potential advantages of thermoplastics in electronic throttle-control applications.


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