Development of the Xterra ® Luggage-rack System from Nissan with ASA/PC Weatherable Resin

Paper #:
  • 2000-01-1068

Published:
  • 2000-03-06
Citation:
Andriuli, M. and Blanchard, R., "Development of the Xterra® Luggage-rack System from Nissan with ASA/PC Weatherable Resin," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-1068, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-1068.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
The luggage-rack-system market has historically been dominated by nylon- (polyamide)-based resins. The recent design and development of the Xterra® luggagerack system (LRS) from Nissan represents a new trend in luggage-rack system design. Nissan utilized an ASA/PC weatherable thermoplastic resin to develop its special gray, molded-in-color luggage-rack components. The balance of weathering performance and physical properties that ASA/PC resin offers allowed the automaker to design these structural components and avoid the high cost of paint. This paper discusses the design and development of the luggage-rack system as well as the process utilized to evaluate ASA/PC resin for performance in static loading, heat resistance, vibration performance, etc. Furthermore, the paper explores how ASA/PC resin parts might be designed in for future luggage-rack-system applications.
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