Lower fuel consumption, fewer emissions – the road that stretches before the automotive industry is clearly defined. Regardless of whether the journey to climate-friendly is made with the combustion or electric engine, lightweight construction plays a major role. Freudenberg Performance Materials has an innovation that facilitates the design of weight-reduced compact components and which has already won two awards: Friction Inserts.
In the engine, powertrain, or chassis: Wherever components in the vehicle are connected to each other in bolted or press-fitted joints, Friction Inserts help make it possible to transmit significantly higher torques and forces. Precisely designed for their intended use, they increase the static friction between two components and permanently hold those components together that belong together.
“Friction Inserts from Freudenberg Performance Materials consist of an ultra-thin special nonwoven coated on one side with hard particles. The size of the particles used is adapted to the specific application,” explains Sebastian Klein, Sales Manager New Business Development at Freudenberg Performance Materials. The particles penetrate the two surfaces to be joined and create a permanently resilient micro interlock – even for corrosion coated components. Thanks to its porous structure, the nonwoven backing blends into the joint and disappears into the micrometer-fine surface roughness.