Applications of Plastics Under-the-Hood in Automotives - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323448093

Applications of Plastics Under-the-Hood in Automotives

1st Edition

Authors: Sassan Tarahomi
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323448093
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st January 2029
Page Count: 300
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction - Plastics in Automotive Industry
2. Front End Structure
3. Radiator and transcooler
4. Fan and fan shroud
5. Washer bottle and coolant reservoir
6. Air filter and air filter housing
7. Oil filter
8. Battery and battery housing
9. Engine and transmission components
10. Engine cooling system
11. NVH insulation and seals
12. Electrical lighting and wiring
13. Electrical generator
14. HVAC system and air filtration
15. Fuel handling system
16. Drive system
17. Suspension system
18. Windshield wiper module assembly
19. Horn and sensors
20. Fasteners
21. Recycling automotive underhood plastics
22. Future underhood material applications and processing


Applications of Plastics Under-the-Hood in Automotives provides information and guidance on the use of plastics in under-hood applications in the automotive industry, covering plastics materials, applications and processes utilized in the manufacture of automobile components. Plastics material and processing are expanding faster than ever, with more plastics applications being developed for various automotive components, and increasing pressure to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions through light weighting.

The book provides detailed background information on how plastics now play a key role in many areas of automotive design. The fundamentals of plastics materials are also discussed to enable the reader to thoroughly understand the way that material properties affect automotive component design.

Each under-hood application of plastics is covered in a significant amount of detail, enabling the reader to deploy these technologies in their work and identify opportunities and challenges. These applications include power train, fuel systems, suspension and transmission systems, as well as air filters, radiators, windshield wipers and more. Due to the critical nature of sustainability and material re-use in the automotive industry, chapters have been included to cover plastic material recyclability for under-hood applications. Future trends for automotive under-hood component design are also discussed in detail.

Key Features

  • Enables engineers to deploy plastics materials in a range of under-the-hood applications, including power train, fuel systems, suspension and transmission
  • Provides detailed background information and context for the growth of plastics in automotive design, as well as insight on future trends from an established expert in the industry
  • Emphasizes sustainability, including the recycling of polymers used in automotive applications, as well as the use of recycled polymers in these applications


Design Engineers, Engineering Managers, Product Engineers, Process Engineers, Automotive Engineers and marketing personnel within the transportation segments. Plastics, Automotive, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering students – most likely at postgraduate level


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About the Authors

Sassan Tarahomi Author

Dr. Sassan Tarahomi is Advanced Engineering Manager in Materials Engineering at International Automotive Components, previously of Lear Corporation. He has 10 years of experience in plastics tooling, 8 years working in automotive exterior and underhood plastics component design and conversion, followed by – most recently – 12 years in automotive interior design, development and plastic material development for automotive interior applications. He is a past-President of the Detroit section of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Automotive Components