Accession Number : ADA305073

Title :   Material And Design Guidelines For Reinforced Thermoplastic Body Panels,

Corporate Author : GENERAL MOTORS CORP DETROIT MI

Personal Author(s) : Grimball, C. R. ; Jackson, N. J.

PDF Url : ADA305073

Report Date : 01 MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : This paper describes new reinforced thermoplastic materials that have been developed for rigid exterior, painted automobile panels. Traditionally these panels have been fabricated from zinc die cast, steel, or more recently from sheet molding compound (SMC). Guide Lamp Division of General Motors is injection molding mineral filled nylon, fiber glass reinforced nylon, and fiber glass reinforced thermoplastic polyester rigid exterior automotive panels that are painted car color for 1974 Chevelles, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles and Buicks. The applications, material properties, paint performance, and design recommendations for these three reinforced thermoplastic materials are reviewed. (MM)

Descriptors :   *THERMOPLASTIC RESINS, *PASSENGER VEHICLES, *AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES, *REINFORCED PLASTICS, TENSILE STRENGTH, FIBERGLASS, PANELS, FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, NYLON, FLEXURAL STRENGTH, ZINC, PAINTS, EXTERNAL, DESIGN CRITERIA, MOTORS, AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS, POLYESTER PLASTICS, SPECIFIC GRAVITY, MOLDING MATERIALS.

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Plastics
      Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE