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Development of Non-Adhesive Acrylic Rubber for Engine Oil Filter

In recent years, the use of acrylic rubber has grown because of improved low temperature performance and heat resistance. Acrylicrubber is now being adopted as a replacementof NBR because it has good oil and heat resistance. One special feature inherent toacrylic rubber is that if it is in contact withmetal, upon heating, it will adhere to the metal. This adhesion would not be a problem with a fixed O-ring; however, in the case of an oilfilter (O/F) gasket which is regularly changed,the rubber which remains due to adhesion couldbe problematic for sealing. In the past, this problem was overcome by utilizing a coating, such as silicone, on the rubber surface, although this adds another step to the rubber process. Therefore, we developed a new method to prevent the adhesion of acrylic rubber by analyzing the mechanism by which the acrylic rubber adheres to a metal surface.
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Development of High Performance Catalyst Temperature Sensor for NOx Catalyst Control

The development of new systems to reduce exhaust gases is being investigated in response to OBD-II regulations and regulations all over the world relating to the introduction of low exhaust gas vehicles (LEV, ULEV, STEP3, STEP4). We have developed a highly responsive thermistor type catalyst temperature sensor that is very accurate, highly heat resistant, has a wide detection range, and that can be used in exhaust gas cleansing systems. The key technologies used in this new catalyst temperature sensor are: 1 Wide detection range: The thermistor is of a network construction that comprises a semi-conductor with a new Y-Cr-Mn perovskite crystal structure and an insulator. The temperature range can be set by changing the proportions of semi-conductor and insulator.
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Development of Plastic Pulley for Automotive Air Conditioner Compressor

The automotive industry has increasingly been focusing its efforts on vehicle part weight reduction, with the aim of improving fuel efficiency as an environmental protection measure. As part of these efforts, the industry has actively been developing plastic pulleys to replace conventional steel pulleys. Of the various pulleys used in vehicles, the air conditioner (A/C) compressor pulley is exposed to the harshest working environment. We therefore investigated towards development of a plastic pulley for A/C compressor application. Required material properties were first identified on the basis of required product characteristic values. As a result, a phenolic resin material was developed that is superior in heat resistance one of the most important properties among those identified. Using the material, we succeeded in developing an A/C compressor plastic pulley, achieving approximately 50% weight reduction compared to conventional steel pulleys.