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Dow Corning expert to present innovative solutions for automotive airbag design and fabrication challenges at Airbag 2012
MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA: Dow Corning airbag application
expert William Blackwood will present a technical poster at Airbag 2012 in
Karlsruhe, Germany, showing how proven silicone technology and innovative
thinking can help meet increasingly stringent airbag performance requirements
in spite of economic constraints.
2012, the 11th International Symposium & Exhibition on Sophisticated
Car Occupant Safety Systems, takes place December 3 through 5 at the Karlsruhe
Congress Center in Karlsruhe, Germany. Blackwood will present his poster,
“Silicone Technology for Innovative Airbag Solutions,” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. on
Tuesday, December 4. Dow Corning experts will be on hand throughout the
event to answer questions about the company’s product offering for airbag
Attendees will see how silicone materials, such as silicone fabric coatings
and seam sealers, can be tailored to meet the technical challenges brought on
by new regulatory requirements and new airbag applications. They also will
learn how advanced silicone heat shield technology can reduce layers and
weight, improve module assembly efficiency and productivity, and help maintain
post-deployment bag integrity.
The global airbag industry is facing more challenging performance
requirements than ever before. Some of these stem from regulatory demands, such
as the FMVSS 226 Ejection Mitigation requirements, which call for greater
pressure retention in a higher-volume inflatable curtain. Others come from new
applications, such as the seat belt airbag and the pedestrian protection
airbag, which must address module size and how to protect the occupant from the
Balancing the need to meet these new requirements with the economic
constraints facing OEMs and their suppliers today requires engineered solutions
that align with the technologies in the various system components and deliver a
“From a silicone technology perspective, this means materials must be
designed for stability in extreme-temperature conditions,” Blackwood said.
“They must be compatible with both polyester and polyamide 6,6 fabrics. And
they must deliver the performance required to position the airbag quickly when
using aggressive inflators.”
Blackwood believes providing the optimal silicone technology requires
nontraditional approaches and “outside-the-box” thinking.
“This is best achieved by collaborating directly with OEMs and suppliers of
silicone-coated fabrics to ensure that the resulting solution is compatible,
not only with existing fabrication equipment but also with the assembly
process, so costly waste can be reduced,” he said.
Blackwood is an associate industry scientist with Dow Corning’s Airbags
Application Engineering and Technical Services group. A leading expert in
silicone technology for airbag design and fabrication, he possesses specific
expertise in the development of solutions for airbag processing problems.
Blackwood has been a member of the Automotive Safety Council since 2006 and the
ASTM and SAE Inflatable Restraints committees since 2008.
Dow Corning provides an array of innovative technologies for automotive
applications, including proven
silicone technologies for airbag coating and seam sealing. The company also
offers customized choices to help find exact solutions to complex automotive
challenges, plus collaborative problem-solving and extensive technical support.
Complete information is available at dowcorning.com/auto.
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