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LANXESS and IBS Filtran Co-develop PA6-based Transmission Oil Pan for Cars

Published on 2021-04-06. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive    Cost Efficiency   

transportation-oil-pan IBS Filtran has developed a transmission oil pan consisting of Durethan BKV35H2.0 from LANXESS. It is part of latest-generation automatic transmissions for vehicles from various carmakers.

Cost-effective and High-performing Material

There were two main factors behind the use of LANXESS’ polyamide 6 in the new oil pan. It fulfills the key requirements regarding thermal and oil resistance, toughness and surface quality and is much cheaper than any comparable polyamide 66. IBS Filtran has extensively investigated the oil and thermal resistance of the polyamide 6 reinforced with 35% by weight of short glass fibers.

Endurance tests at 150°C in various transmission oils have shown that in terms of aging, there is no difference from a comparable polyamide 66. In fact, polyamide 6 has somewhat better impact resistance and elongation at break, which means that the oil pan is generally better able to cope with stone chippings.

The excellent surface quality that can be achieved with the compound is another benefit. These outstanding surface characteristics in the area around the oil pan gasket, for example, help the gasket to work well. Polyamide 6 also exhibits less shrinkage, which has a similar effect because it results in less warpage. The material's good weldability is another of its strengths. The inner shell of the oil filter is joined to the main body of the pan by means of vibration welding. “The weld seam demonstrates tremendous strength and is therefore capable of reliably withstanding the pressure,” says Christof Boden, expert in plastic components in vehicle oil circuits at LANXESS.

IBS Filtran and LANXESS have enjoyed a long-standing and successful partnership in the development of components for oil circuits in passenger cars. One of the highlights of our work together was the development of the first plastic transmission oil pan for cars,” says Babak Talebloo, key account manager for IBS Filtran at LANXESS.

New Material Added for Vehicle Oil Circuits

LANXESS is expanding its range of polyamides for vehicle oil circuits all the time. Among the new additions are Durethan ECOBKV30H2.0, ECOBKV35H2.0 and ECOBKV60XF. Recycled fibers manufactured from waste glass make up 30%, 35% and 60% by weight respectively of these three polyamide 6 compounds. ecocycle, an independent inspection company, has examined the amount of recycled material in each compound using the mass balance method and awarded an ecoloop certificate in accordance with ISO 14021:2016.

As Boden says, “With these products, we are keeping in step with the trend for increased use of recycled materials in the automotive industry.” Another example of new applications in the oil circuit comes in the form of the polyamides of the XTS series. XTS stands for Xtreme Temperature Stabilization and underlines the compounds' extraordinarily high long-term thermal resistance of up to 230°C. “For example, they can be used for oil pans on vehicles that have the catalytic converter mounted near the transmission, which results in the oil pans being subjected to increased thermal loads during exhaust treatment intervals,” explains Boden. “The use of these compounds can avert the need to install deflector plates to protect the oil pans from intense heat.”

Comprehensive HiAnt Customer Service

Through its HiAnt engineering service, HPM provided IBS Filtran with comprehensive support in the development of the transmission oil pan. Under this brand, the business unit has combined its expertise in product, application, procedural and technological development to aid in cooperation with customers. For instance, HPM conducted simulations of critical load cases for the transmission oil pan, such as stone chippings. The services that it provided also included tests on the finished part, such as tests involving stone chippings and transmission oil deposits.

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