Ford Innovates with Graphine

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Graphine – a two-dimensional nanomaterial – is used in coatings, cell phones, sporting goods and soon for the first time in automotive, it will be found under the hood in Ford vehicles. Ford recently announced that it too will use graphene in vehicle parts.

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    Graphene has generated accolades in the automotive industry for paint, polymer and battery applications.

    Dubbed a “miracle material”, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one of the most conductive materials in the world. It is a great sound barrier and is extremely thin and flexible. Graphene is not economically viable for all applications, but Ford, Eagle Industries, and XG Sciences have found a way to use small amounts in fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers to maximize its benefits.

    Debbie Mielewski, , Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials.
    Graphene was first isolated in 2004. The first experiment to isolate graphene was done by using pencil lead and a piece of tape to pull off layers of graphite is a single layer thick. This experiment creating graphine won a Nobel Prize in 2010.

    In 2014, Ford began working with suppliers to study the material and how to use it in running trials with auto parts such as fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers. Generally, attempting to reduce noise inside vehicle cabins means adding more material and weight, but with graphene, it’s the opposite.

    The graphene is mixed with foam constituents, and tests done by Ford and suppliers has shown about a 17 percent reduction in noise, a 20 percent improvement in mechanical properties and a 30 percent improvement in heat endurance properties, compared with that of the foam used without graphene.

    Graphene is expected to go into production by year end on over ten under hood components on the Ford F-150 and Mustang and eventually, other Ford vehicles.

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