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July 2, 2020

BASF launches engineering plastic suitable for auto

BASF is launching an engineering plastic, which it says is particularly suited for automotive parts that come into contact with hot oil.

By Rhodri Morgan

BASF is launching an engineering plastic, which it says is particularly suited for automotive parts that come into contact with hot oil.

The new polyethersulfone (PESU) Ultrason E0510 C2TR shows good tribological properties, high oil resistance and dimensional stability, also with broad ranges of temperature fluctuations.

The injection-moulding grade with a 10% carbon fibre reinforcement can be used within a wide temperature range between -30 and +180°C. It is easy to process because of its low viscosity. The new grade is now globally available.

Ultrason E0510 C2TR enables the manufacture of various car parts that come into contact with oil: oil pumps, oil control pistons, pressure valves and high-speed components in automatic or manual gearboxes. It can also be employed in new applications for alternative drive technologies.

Due to its flow properties, parts with wall thicknesses of less than 1mm can be injection-moulded without compromising on their stability, durability and oil resistance.

The new material combines its features with the properties of Ultrason: chemical resistance, inherent flame retardance, high rigidity and strength, together with temperature stability across a large operating temperature range and hydrolysis resistance.

Ultrason is the trade name for BASF’s product range of polyethersulfone  (Ultrason E), polysulfone (Ultrason S) and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason P).

The material is used to manufacture lightweight components in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries, but also in water filtration membranes and in parts which come into contact with hot water and food.

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