First One-Piece, Injection-Molded Thermoplastic Front-Bumper System for a Light Truck 980107
The first single-piece, injection-molded, thermoplastic, front bumper for a light truck provides improved performance and reduced cost for the 1997 MY Explorer® Ltd. and 1988 MY Mountaineer® truck from Ford Motor Company. Additionally, the system provides improved impact performance, including the ability to pass 5.6 km/hr barrier impact tests without damage. Further, the advanced, 1-piece design integrates fascia attachments, reducing assembly time, and weighs 8.76 kg/bumper less than a baseline steel design. The complete system provides a cost savings vs. extruded aluminum and is competitive with steel bumpers.
Citation: Rawson, J., Staargaard, J., Hedler, O., Sharif, I. et al., "First One-Piece, Injection-Molded Thermoplastic Front-Bumper System for a Light Truck," SAE Technical Paper 980107, 1998, https://doi.org/10.4271/980107. Download Citation
Janet Rawson, James Staargaard, Olga Hedler, Irfan Sharif, James Gourd
GE Plastics, Visteon, a Ford Motor Co. Enterprise
International Congress & Exposition
SAE 1998 Transactions - Journal of Materials & Manufacturing-V107-5