1971-02-01

Suitability of Plastics in Designing Passenger Vehicle Components 710103

This report demonstrates the scope of the preliminary work required before plastics can be used in the vehicle industry. Consideration must be given to diverse factors such as the special physical properties of the material being used, the influence of the manufacturing process on the properties of the plastic components, as well as the basic design of the item being produced.Illustrated in detail is the plastic air duct used for the Volkswagen Type 411 sedan, with particular emphasis on ambient influences and combustibility.Plastics have become an accepted part of the vehicle construction scene and any increase in the use of plastics will depend upon data being made available to the engineer in usable form.

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