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Application of Nylon Composite Recycle Technology to Automotive Parts

Recently there has been a market trend requiring End of Life Vehicles to be recycled to satisfy current legislation; therefore, we are approaching the recyclability of automotive parts based upon these environmental requirements. At this time, we have demonstrated a new recycle technology for polyamide using one of the largest automotive applications, the radiator end tank which has been previously viewed as degraded material due to hydrolysis and deemed as shredder residue. This technology [1] allows for the recovery of the base resin that is then recycled into a radiator end tank with performance equivalent to one made of virgin resin. The process for this technology includes collection of post consumer radiator end tanks that are then reground, dissolved, filtered for glass fiber removal, precipitated, recovered, and compounded into a usable resin. This technology is referred to as “Nylon Composite Recycle”.
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Development of a Cooling Module Containing a Radiator and a Condenser Part 1: Product Design

In conventional automobile designs, a radiator for cooling the engine and a condenser for condensing the air-conditioner refrigerant are typically configured independently of each other; they are usually mounted in series in the front of the engine compartment so that they will receive sufficient air flow while the vehicle is running. We have developed a smaller and higher performance cooling module by integrating these two heat exchangers into one unit. (Fig 1) For the heat dissipation fin, we have employed an integral fin construction equipped with an insulating slit, resulting in effective prevention of thermal conduction from the higher temperature radiator side, to the condenser side. We also succeeded in improving heat dissipation performance by making effective use of the connection part of the integral fin.
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Development of a Cooling Module Containing a Radiator and a Condenser - Part 2: Alloy Development

In conventional automobile designs, a radiator and a condenser are typically configured and mounted independently of each other. We have developed a smaller and more powerful cooling module by integrating these two products into one piece. The new cooling module has been designed to share the fin material and to have an insulating slit and other means for effective prevention of heat loss that occurs due to thermal conduction between the radiator and the condenser1). In addition, as one of the key techniques for integrating fins, we studied thermal spraying of brazing filler to the tube material and were able to achieve a practical-level cooling module through use of high-performance fins, contributing largely to the efforts to create a more compact, higher performance cooling module.
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Development of Quad-layer Clad Brazing Sheet for Drawn Cup Type Evaporators: Part 1

Having a light weight, a good heat conductivity and a good brazability, aluminum alloy is widely used for automotive heat exchanger systems. The major problem with Aluminum is perforation of the tube by pitting corrosion and corrosion protection is necessary in the field. In radiator and condenser systems using the the Nocolok brazing process given good corrosion resistance using cathodic protection with sacrificial anode made of Zn-sprayed onto tube or low corrosion potential fins etc. On the other hand, in drawn-cup type evaporators, that are fabricated from brazing sheet tubes in vacuum brazing method and then covered low electro-conductive drain water film in operation, the effect of cathodic protection by the anode fin is limited to a very small area. Therefore, this has been studied to improve self-corrosion resistance of the core in the brazing sheet tube.