WEINHEIM, Germany (Feb. 4, 2009)—Vibracoustic said it has developed an EPDM-based material for engine compartment applications that can replace natural rubber.
The company said that as engine temperatures have risen, and ventilation opportunities decreased, the engine compartment has worked hotter. The new material has a temperature limit about 20°C higher than older compounds while maintaining at least the same durability properties.
Vibracoustic said it took three years to develop the material, using nanotechnology. The firm said the fatigue durability of the compound increased twofold in comparison with conventional elastomers.