Plastic oil pan
Case study: Metal substitution in the automotive sector
Weight reduction through material change
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Due to increasing gasoline and diesel prices, the following applies in automotive sector: The lower the component weight, the lower the fuel consumption. The replacement of heavy metal components with lighter plastic components is an elementary factor in optimizing components and selecting development partners.
Based on an analysis of existing components in an internal combustion engine, the aluminum oil pan was selected as a pilot project for component substitution. As a strategic development partner, Centroplast specified material requirements in cooperation with the customer, which helped determine the right material and a suitable manufacturing process for the part that needed to be replaced.
Decisive requirements included:
- Temperature resistance
- Resistance to oils and mechanical stresses (impact resistance)
- Light weight compared to the previously used material (aluminum)