1990-02-01

Structural Gasketing - Chrysler Reduces Deflection in A 523 Transaxles 900200

Structural gasketing is a dual purpose product technology that not only provides fluid sealing but also enhances the load carrying ability of the assembly. This gasketing approach has been used by automakers for 15 years and was recently adopted by Chrysler on their FWD manual transaxles. Transaxle housing deflection across joints was reduced by over 50%, torque capacity was increased 10% (due to better gear and bearing alignment), and sealing warranty was reduced by over 90%. Field experience correlates very well to laboratory tests of thin film structural gasketing in heavily bolted joints, which evidence greatly enhanced shear stiffness and strength over other gasketing methods.

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