Carpets & Floor Surface Technologies: An Overview Considering Global Vehicle Design & Performance 2007-01-2193
For several decades the majority of vehicle floor coverings have been designed around traditional carpet with an increased emphasis on covering the sheet metal with acoustic treatments. Current global vehicle design initiatives provide new challenges and these are directed towards the review of current product design in the light of vehicle life style concepts and vehicle life cycle requirements. At the same time practical solutions are needed to address global cost competitiveness.
This paper gives a historic overview of automotive floor covering development from start to present and outlines current trends in new material and flooring concepts. It discusses technologies and product design approaches that are applicable to a more eco based carpet design and the covering of vehicle surfaces whilst meeting the global cost and practical key performance criteria for future vehicles.