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Technical Paper

Throttle Position Sensor Components Assembly Integrated into the Throttle Body Manufacturing Process

2002-11-19
2002-01-3391
In the engine management systems field, there is lack of sensors locally built and available for sale in Brazil. Therefore, many auto parts companies have to import them affecting directly the final products costs (technology know-how/development costs, import taxes and other material handling/custom related costs). This paper was motivated to study an alternative for a simple, cheaper and locally made throttle position sensor. The choose of this part was because the fact that it is one of the most expensive in the throttle body bill of. For developing this new alternative, it was used a tool called value analysis and value engineering. The outcome of this study was a throttle position sensor function integrated to the throttle body manufacturing line with the advantages that 100% components can be locally purchased, improved robustness against humidity and component quantity reduction by 40%. Therefore achieving more value added.
Technical Paper

Analysis of Factors Affecting Rainwater Ingestion into Vehicles HVAC Systems

2001-03-05
2001-01-0293
The penetration of rainwater through the heating ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) of a vehicle directly affects the provision of thermal comfort within the vehicle passenger compartment. Present vehicle designs restrict considerably the air-management processes due to reduced space and tighter packaging. The motivation for the study is to get an insight into factors affecting the water ingress phenomenon when a stationary vehicle is subjected to water loading such as heavy rain when parked or waiting in a traffic light or when in a car wash. The test programme made use of a compact closed circuit full-scale automotive climatic wind tunnel that is able to simulate wind, rain and road inclination. The tunnel was developed as part of the collaborative research between the Flow Diagnostics Laboratory (FDL) of the University of Nottingham and Visteon Climate Control Systems [1].
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Lightweight Thermoplastic Composite Throttle Bodies for Car and Truck Applications

2001-03-05
2001-01-1140
The drive to reduce weight, simplify assembly, and cut total system cost in today's vehicles is relentless. Replacing metal systems with thermoplastics has been of considerable interest in the engineering community. The current generations of engineering thermoplastic resins are enabling the use of plastic systems in demanding underhood applications. Technical data and discussion regarding the materials, design, molding, and assembly of lightweight composite throttle bodies will be presented in this paper. Comparisons with machined aluminum throttle housings are drawn to establish a baseline with the throttle body housing component that is most common in production today. Design flexibility and process simplification are some of the approaches highlighted. Much of the technical information provided in the paper applies to both cable driven mechanical throttle bodies as well as electronic throttle bodies under development.
Technical Paper

Future Automotive Multimedia Subsystem Interconnect Technologies

2000-11-01
2000-01-C028
For the past decade or so, automotive entertainment subsystem architectures have consisted of a simple Human Machine Interface (HMI), AM-FM tuner, a tape deck, an amplifier and a set of speakers. Over time, as customer demand for more entertainment features increased, automotive entertainment integrators made room for new features by allowing for the vertical integration of analog audio and adding a digital control. The new digital control came to entertainment subsystems via a low-speed multiplexing scheme embedded into the entertainment subsystem components, allowing remote control of these new features. New features were typically incorporated into the entertainment subsystem by independently packaging functional modules. Examples of these modules are cellular telephone, Compact Disc Jockey (CDJ), rear-seat entertainment, Satellite Digital Audio Radio System (S-DARS) receiver, voice and navigation with its associated display and hardware.
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Using Polyetherimide Thermoplastic for Forward Lighting Complex Reflectors

1999-09-28
1999-01-3179
This paper will discuss the analysis of a high-heat, unfilled polyetherimide (PEI) thermoplastic in a complex reflector application with conventional aim (bubble-vial) beam pattern. The advantages and disadvantages of using PEI thermoplastic vs. bulk molding compound (BMC) in a complex reflector will be presented. Design features, testing methodology, and processing techniques for the use of PEI in such applications will also be highlighted.
Technical Paper

Closed-Loop Recycling of Monomaterial Door-Panel Systems

1999-09-28
1999-01-3154
Pressures to increase the recyclable and recycled content of passenger vehicles are accelerating. In Europe, there is interest in eliminating halogenated polymers. Globally, more and more concern is focused on materials and methods that are ecologically friendly. Automakers and their suppliers are being encouraged to design and assemble components in new ways to facilitate separation, identification, and resource recovery at the end of the vehicle’s useful life - something that is not only good for the environment, but also the bottom line. One area of the vehicle that has proved challenging for applying such design for disassembly and recycling (DFD/R) principles has been the interior, owing to the sheer number of materials used there, and the great number of laminate structures that make disassembly nearly impossible. A good example is a door panel inner, which typically consists of a rigid plastic substrate, a foam pad, and a vinyl, leather, or cloth covering.
Technical Paper

A Journey Towards Technical Competency in Plastics Process Simulation

1999-05-10
1999-01-1640
Plastics manufacturing technology is rapidly changing. The use of process simulation to increase competitiveness has proliferated. Visteon Automotive Systems is committed to developing competent workforce and niche capabilities in plastics processing simulation. In this paper the current capabilities and future development plan for plastic process simulation are discussed. An integrated concurrent engineering process has been developed and implemented to deliver high quality robust plastics automotive products and systems. This paper highlights the technological advancements achieved by Visteon in the field of analytical simulation of common manufacturing processes. In addition, future development initiatives towards the technical competency in plastics manufacturing simulation are discussed throughout the manuscript.
Technical Paper

The Effect of Coating Composition on the Friction Induced Paint Damageability of Painted Thermoplastic Olefins (TPOs)

1999-03-01
1999-01-1205
Damage to painted automotive plastics induced by Hertzian contact stresses continues to plague the material engineer involved in the design and selection of fascias, bumpers, body-side moldings, and the like. Studies conducted to determine the root cause of such failures have focused on the effects of paint and the role of friction in the compressive, tensile and shear failure of painted thermoplastic olefins (TPOs). The study described herein probes the effects of paint type on the compressive, tensile and shear damage resistance of painted TPO substrates. Coating variations, e.g., adhesion promoter and topcoat type, and their effect on damage type and damage sensitivity will be described. The apparatus utilized to impart the damage, SLIDO, and the variables studied affecting the damage, e.g., acceleration, velocity, temperature, and loading pressure, are also discussed.
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Development of Dust Separator/Filter for Automotive Fuel Vapor Storage Systems (FVSS)

1999-03-01
1999-01-0008
Fuel Vapor Storage Systems (FVSS) on automobiles are susceptible to particle contamination. This is especially true for FVSS components mounted under the automobiles (undercarriage, chassis frame, etc.) and required to meet stringent EPA standards. Particle contamination significantly increases system restriction and reduces the effectiveness of FVSS. This paper describes a dust separator/filter developed to protect the FVSS. Accelerated field durability evaluations and measurement techniques were developed to identify clean locations, ingested contamination levels and ingested contaminant size distributions. Based on field evaluations, test methods were developed in the lab to evaluate effectiveness of several devices to control and reduce contamination. The dust separator design developed was a combination of baffle separators in series with an open cell foam filter. The dust separator was designed to meet and exceed several vehicle system design requirements.
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