2012 SAE World Congress, DETROIT, USA: Solutia Inc. was selected by the Society of Automotive Engineering's panel of automotive technology experts to display at its "Innovators Only" exhibition during the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) World Congress, held April 24 through April 26 in Detroit.
Solutia's booth featured the award-winning Saflex S series advanced solar absorbing polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers, Saflex Q series advanced acoustic PVB interlayers and XIR reflective film products. Visitors, including automotive engineers, technologists, corporate executives and academic students, were able to participate in a novel, hands-on solar heat reduction demonstration showcasing the benefits of Saflex S series advanced solar absorbing interlayers and the company's newly acquired XIR reflective films. In addition, participants were able to "hear the difference" that Saflex Q series advanced acoustic interlayers make in automotive glazing applications.
"XIR reflective films and Saflex solar/acoustic interlayers address challenges across multiple disciplines, from electric vehicle range and efficiency to noise vibration and harshness (NVH) reduction and safety," said Tom Selm, global business director for Solutia's Advanced Interlayers division. "These product technologies also yield a more comfortable cabin environment for passengers by reducing the rate at which the sun heats up a vehicle."
When a vehicle starts off cooler or gains less heat while driving, the air conditioning (A/C) system uses less power to achieve and maintain a desired cabin temperature. This allows automotive designers to use smaller and lighter A/C systems, which also allows electric vehicles the ability to increase the driving range for each charge.
Comfort and weight savings may also be achieved with the use of Saflex Q series advanced acoustic interlayers in automotive glazing applications. Wind and road noise transmitted through car windows are a major source of a vehicle's interior noise, can diminish driver satisfaction with ubiquitous audio and hands-free systems and may increase driver fatigue. Using laminated glass made with an advanced Saflex Q series acoustic interlayer, designers can reduce interior noise without increasing the windscreen weight. Switching from an ordinary windscreen to one made with Saflex advanced acoustical interlayer immediately reduces wind and road noise by up to three decibels.
Automotive laminated glass incorporating XIR film, Saflex S series and Saflex Q series technologies are drop-in interlayer solutions that can provide improved cabin comfort, fuel efficiency and CO2 emission reductions on most internal combustion (ICE) vehicles. Solutia's interlayer products can be used in automotive glazing applications, including the windscreen, sunroof, back lites and side laminate applications.