Experts predict that nanotechnology will be the next technical uprising and the resulting products will impact all areas of our economy and lifestyle. Applications of this technology in the automobile sector are targeted as one of its major domains. Owing to their unique properties, e.g., light weight, high strength and durability, polymer nanocomposites are registering an annual growth rate of 11.5% in the automotive industry. There is also tremendous potential for prospective polymer nanocomposites in this industrial sector.
Rubber nanocomposites based on different nanomaterials have created enormous interest in academia, the rubber-based automobile component manufacturing industry and modern automobile industry. In particular, nanofilled thermoplastic elastomers and thermoplastic vulcanisates that exhibit significantly improved mechanical and functional properties with a low loading of nanomaterials are highlighted in this volume. The demand for light weight automotive parts has given an edge to polymer nanocomposites due to their high strength and light weight properties.
Newly developed nanofibre and nanofinished textiles, exhibiting novel characteristics, and their various applications in the new generation of automobiles are also discussed in this book. In addition, a comprehensive evaluation and overview of the impact of nanotechnology on textiles, along with the potential use of nanotechnology-enhanced fabrics in the automobile sector, are presented.
As there is currently no concise textbook detailing the use of elastomer nanocomposites and nanotextiles in the automobile industry, this book endeavours to provide information regarding innovative components of rubber nanocomposites. In addition, the possibility of nanotextiles advancing into the extensive arena of the unique light weight automobile industry is discussed.
This informative and practical book will be useful to manufacturers, students, teachers, researchers and automobile engineers.