Pedal and pedal module of the new Citroën C5 uses Rhodia's MMI technology, Technyl® engg plastic

02-Dec-08
With weight reduction and function integration as a key focus, French company, Rhodia contributes to the new Citroën C5 pedal and the adjustable pedal module developed by Trelleborg Automotive Carbody. Rhodia has delivered both rheological calculation and MMI technology along with its Technyl® high performance engineering plastic based on its excellent mechanical resistance, ease of processing and 50% weight reduction compared to metal. As a part of collobrative project between Rhodia and Trelleborg Automotive Carbody, Rhodia has provided its technical expertise, the unique characterization of its Technyl® grades and its predictive calculation while Trelleborg has brought its function expertise, its ability in innovative concepts and its know-how the industrialization of injected parts. After rheological calculation which has helped Trelleborg to optimize the injection process, Rhodia has developed more predictive structural calculation. Those results based on MMI, a new simulation approach created by Rhodia, take into account the glass fibres' orientation and distribution in the final part. The calculation results thus obtained, demonstrate a high level of reliability compared to physical tests on the complete pedal module (pedal and support). With Technyl®, Trelleborg was able to integrate the pedal function down to a patented Release Pedal in case of crash that increases the driver's protection and people's safety.
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