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2012.08.24
Dow Corning expert to present “Fluorosilicone Elastomers – Innovations for Automotive Challenges” at Smithers Rapra conference


MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA: Hans Peter Wolf, Ph. D., of Dow Corning GMbH will present “Fluorosilicone Elastomers – Innovations for Automotive Challenges” at the Smithers Rapra Silicone Elastomers Americas 2012 Conference, Sept. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Wolf’s presentation, which will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 19, will show the various ways fluorosilicone elastomers can provide the automotive industry with answers to new challenges and contribute to sustainable innovation. In addition to typical automotive applications for fluorosilicone elastomers, Wolf will discuss their usefulness for designing emission-reduction technologies. Developments for biodiesel fuels, turbocharger hose (TCH) performance and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems will be presented demonstrating progress that has been made in terms of fluid and temperature resistance in combination with optimized processing behavior. 

“Designing emission-reduction technologies requires new materials,” Wolf said. This includes materials such as Dow Corning’s new range of Silastic® brand fluoro liquid silicone rubber  (F-LSR), which combines the broad temperature range and excellent fluid resistance of traditional fluorosilicone rubber compounds with the productivity advantages of liquid injection molding technologies.

“The increasing demand for products, processes and technologies that meet environmental and societal needs will play a key role in current and future innovation activities. Meeting these needs will require not only new products and material performance, but also an intimate understanding of the market,” Wolf said.

Wolf, who holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Frankfurt, has experience in research and technical service and development for the automotive market. He has served as Dow Corning’s global research and development manager for silicone rubber since 2008.

One company with many automotive solutions, Dow Corning provides an array of innovative technologies for automotive applications. Dow Corning offers a range of Silastic® silicone and fluorosilicone engineered elastomers and customized choices to help customers find exact solutions to complex automotive challenges, plus collaborative problem-solving and extensive technical support. Complete information is available at dowcorning.com/auto.

Additionally, the company offers high-quality standard silicone rubbers, such as high consistency rubber (HCR) bases, HCR compounds, moldmaking rubber and liquid silicone rubber (LSR), at market-based prices through its Web-enabled XIAMETER® brand. XIAMETER® products are available online at www.xiameter.com or throughlocal distributors and will be featured at the Silicone Elastomers Americas 2012 conference. 

Silicone Elastomers Americas 2012 will focus on bringing together academic and corporate researchers with end users for an in-depth technical conversation on the latest end-user applications, manufacturing breakthroughs, processing improvements and testing advances for silicone elastomers.

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® (www.xiameter.com) brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.


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