Field Performance and Repair of Thermoplastic Exterior Body Panel Systems

Paper #:
  • 900291

Published:
  • 1990-02-01
Citation:
Zegiestowsky, G. and Williams, K., "Field Performance and Repair of Thermoplastic Exterior Body Panel Systems," SAE Technical Paper 900291, 1990, https://doi.org/10.4271/900291.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
Thermoplastic body panels are emerging in the industry as automotive manufacturers seek to design for advanced aerodynamic styling, lower weight, and cost effective vehicles. To best exhibit the advantages of GE thermoplastic resins in these applications, an extensive study has been completed to demonstrate the impact performance of thermoplastic body panels in the field based on the current success with the Buick LeSabre T-Type, Buick Reatta, and the Cadillac Deville and Fleetwood models using NORYL GTX® 910 resin fenders. This study provides a “real life” scenario of the advantages of thermoplastics compared to steel in body panel applications.
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