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2017 SPE Innovation Award-winning Clevis bracket in the chassis category from Hutchinson Antivibration Systems, BASF and GM. The brackets are up to 45% lighter than a die cast aluminum design, with improved damping performance and corrosion resistance, at no additional cost. (Photo: SPE Automotive Division).
2017 SPE Innovation Award-winning Clevis bracket in the chassis category from Hutchinson Antivibration Systems, BASF and GM. The brackets are up to 45% lighter than a die cast aluminum design, with improved damping performance and corrosion resistance, at no additional cost. (Photo: SPE Automotive Division).

BASF, along with Hutchinson Antivibration Systems and General Motors (GM), was recognized at the 47th Annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) International Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in the Chassis/Hardware Group.

Hutchinson Antivibration Systems combined BASF’s polyamide expertise with new structural plastics functional specifications in the manufacturing and performance of the bracket solution for GM.

In designing the bracket for the new GM mid-size SUV platform, including the Cadillac XT5, BASF used its glass-fiber polyamide, Ultramid A3WG10 CR, to adhere to functional requirements including vibration transmissibility, strength to meet max/min loads, fatigue requirements and performance up to 100 degrees Celsius, which allows for more flexible mating conditions during assembly.

In this application, Hutchinson used Ultramid to develop seven clevis brackets for different powertrain and platform combinations that are up to 45% lighter with improved damping performance and corrosion resistance, at no additional cost, than the standard die cast aluminum design.

Engineers also utilized BASF’s proprietary performance technology, ULTRASIM, to predict how materials would perform in driving conditions.

Christopher Korson, Market Specialist for the chassis segment of BASF’s Performance Material Division in North America, said: “The automotive industry is focusing on how composites can save weight and improve NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) isolation. Automakers and suppliers are embracing the differences between metal and composite solutions while analyzing and setting composite design criteria differently than metallic solutions.”

SPE’s Automotive Innovation Awards program is the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the automotive and plastics industries. 

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