Yanfeng Automotive seeks a flexible, cost-effective resilient system for active cooling (and heating) that can be formed and integrated into slightly curved or substantially non-planar interior surfaces.
Yanfeng wants to incorporate thermal control elements into the surface of automotive interior panels. Yanfeng seeks a components or materials that they can purchase rather than manufacture themselves. They seek components which enable cooling alone or cooling and heating together in one unit.
Key success Criteria
Has sufficient flexibility (and extensibility) to permit 3D forming
Preferably, can be cut to whatever shape needed without losing function
Alternatively, can be prefabricated to desired shape
Able to be handled and positioned by robot, i.e., the process should be automatable
Is invisible on finished surface
Meets automotive requirements, e.g. performance temperature range -40°C to 90°C, humidity 90-100%, conditions involving cycling of heat and humidity, electric voltage limitations of vehicle, etc.
Is suitable for surfaces up to 1 square meter
Is compatible with compression molding, back injection, foam-in-place or press lamination
Suppliers who do not have an interest in supplying to the automotive market
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Client Point of Contact
Chih-her Suen Fran Elenbaas
Preferred Collaboration Types
To Be Negotiated
Area of Interest
Physics > Heat Transfer
Physics > Thermodynamics
Materials Science > 3D Printable Materials
Materials Science > Phase Change Materials
Materials Science > Smart Materials
Materials Science > Thermodynamics
Engineering-Automotive > Automotive Climate Control