Performance Evaluations of Polyolefins vs. Engineering Thermoplastics for Blow-Molded Bumper Beams 980112
The consumption of blow molded bumpers for passenger vehicles is increasing, particularly for small to mid-size vehicles. The performance required for bumpers in this class of vehicles varies by geographic region, as “global” vehicles are increasingly specified outside of the United States. For this reason, it is important to understand the impact performance provided by materials that could be blow molded into bumpers for this class of vehicles. This paper will compare the relative performance of polycarbonate/polybutylene terephthalate (PC/PBT) alloys vs. polyolefins for impact protection, weight, and processing performance.