TPOs

2005

June 21-23, 2005
Geneva, Switzerland

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CONFERENCE SESSIONS

WORKSHOP: Scratch Behavior of Polymers
Instructor: Professor Hung-Jue Sue, Texas A&M University

Session 1: Overview of Future Automotive Material
Moderator: Harry Daalmans, Sabic Europe

Session 2: Advances in TPO Compounds
Modeartor: Kees Verbraak, Sabic Europe

Session 3: Value-added TPOs via Additives & Modifiers
Moderator: Sahar Al-Malaika, Aston University

Session 4: Innovative Design and Manufacturing Processes
Moderator: Lebzy Gonzalez, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company

Session 5: Applications of TPO's for Automotives
Moderator: Estella Woo, Visteon

Session 6: Advances in Finishing Technologies
Moderator: Frank Krabbenborg, Dow Automotive

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Workshop: Scratch Behavior of Polymers: Testing, Evaluation, & Performance Improvement
Instructor: Professor Hung-Jue Sue, Director, Polymer Technology Center, Texas A&M University

The workshop will convey important fundamental concepts and introduce necessary tools for testing, evaluation and improvement of scratch resistance of polymers. The usefulness of FEM modeling in linking between observed scratch damage and material parameters will also be emphasized. Special attention will be placed on understanding the scratch behavior of TPO materials.

Outline of workshop by topics:
  • Background and Introduction
  • Review of Relevant Material Issues
  • Test and Evaluation
    • Scratch Machine
    • Test Methods
    • Evaluation Methods
  • FEM Modeling of Polymer Scratch
    • scratch groove formation
    • friction coefficient
    • crack/craze formation
    • yielding
  • Slip Agent Effect
  • Processing Effect
  • Design of Scratch Resistant Polymers

Instructor: Dr. H.-J. Sue is a Full Professor teaching at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University since 1995. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Chemical Engineering Department, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, in 1981. He then obtained his Masters' and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1985, 1987, and 1988, respectively. Before joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Sue was employed by Dow Chemical USA at Freeport, TX, for about seven years. He has focused most of his research work on fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships of polymeric materials. His recent research interests include micro- and nano-scratch of polymers and preparation and characterization of polymer nanocomposites for nanotechnology applications.

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Session 1: Overview of Future Automotive Material
Moderator: Harry Daalmans, Sabic Europe
Opening Remarks & Overview: Mr. Harry Daalmans, Sabic Europe

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Mr. Jean de Montlaur, Global Director, Interior Product Management, Visteon Corporation
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Session 2: Advances in TPO Compounds
Moderator: Kees Verbraak, Sabic Europe (The Netherlands)
"Smell in Automotive Compounds: Ways to Improve" Hans Martens (speaker), John Cremers, Roel Verlaek, Maria Soliman, Francois Essers, Rolf Scherrenberg, SABIC EuroPetrochemicals R&D, (The Netherlands)
"Background Colour and Scratch Visibility of Polymer Materials" Pengzhu Wang, Ian M. Hutchings, University of Cambridge; Estella Woo (speaker), Lisa Jenkins, Visteon; Steve J. Duncan (UK)
"Structure-Property Relationships in Automotive Compounds: Scratch Resistance" Maria Soliman (speaker), Peter Neuteboom, Francois Essers, Marcel Houben, Sabic Europetrochemicals R&D (The Netherlands)
"Polyolefin Nanocomposites in TPOs" David Jarus, PolyOne
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Session 3: Value-added TPOs via Additives & Modifiers
Moderator: Sahar Al-Malaika, Aston University (UK)
"New Opportunities and Performances Improvements with Engage® POE in PP Glass Fibres Composites" Loic Chereau, DuPont Dow Elastomers
"Additive Approaches to Improving Scratch and Mar Resistance in Automotive PP and TPOs" Gregor Huber, Ashu Sharma, and Martin Brunner, Ciba Specialty Chemicals
"Study of Scratch Resistance in Homo- and Co-Polypropylene Filled with Nanometric Calcium Carbonate" S. Zokaei (speaker), R. Lesan Khosh M., V. Serpooshan, S. M. Zebarjad, and R. Bagheri, Sharif University of Technology (Iran)
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Session 4: Innovative Design and Manufacturing Processes
Moderator: Lebzy Gonzalez, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company
"Multi-Component Molding with TPO for Interior Automotive Parts" Dr. Ing. Jörg Dassow, Manager Application Engineering, Ferromatik Milacron (Germany)
"Developing Body Panel and Structural Part Applications with PP-Based Products - The Help of Computer-Assisted Simulation" Mario Vitali (speaker) and Alain Gourjault, BASELL
"Mold Temperature Effect on Scratch Resistance of TPOs" B. Browning, G. Lim, A. Moyse, and H.-J. Sue (speaker), Texas A&M University
"Flex Ring Dies A New Technology to Reduce Production Cost and to Improve the Quality of Blow Moulded Automotive Parts" Dr. Ing. Heinz Gross, Kunststoff-Verfahrenstechnik
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Session 5: Applications of TPOs for Automotives
Moderator: Estella Woo, Visteon (UK)
"Multi-Material Injection Molding of TPOs - On the Front Line" Jack Elder, Advanced Development Manager, Innatech (USA)
"Usage of TPO Foils for In Mold Surface Graining of Automotive Parts" Johnson Controls (speaker TBD)
"The Role of Decoration on the Impact Response of Exterior TPOs" Lebzy Gonzalez, Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company (USA)
"New PO-Foams Support TPO Solutions in Automotive Interiors" Hans Gallati, Business Unit Manager Automotive, ALVEO AG (Switzerland)
"Low Gloss and Scratch Resistant? The Use of PP and ABS in Car Interior - A Comparison" Tom Traugott, Nigel Shields and Frank Krabbenborg, DOW Automotive
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Session 6: Advances in Finishing Technologies
Moderator: Frank Krabbenborg, Dow Automotive (The Netherlands)
"Decorating, Coating, and Finishing TPOs Parts Using Paintfilms" Pieter van der Ster, Soliant
"Engineered Polyolefins for Metallized Decorative Applications" Dr. Charles G. Reid (speaker) and Michelle Corley, Solvay Engineered Polymers, Inc.
"Laboratory Weathering Instruments Incorporate Revolutionary Innovations to Meet the Testing Demands of Today's Complex Coatings" Kurt P. Scott, Director of Research & Development, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC
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