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Resin Material Capable of Maintaining High Strength in High-Temperature Environment
NineSigma, representing a leading automobile parts manufacturer, seeks resin material with high strength property in high temperature that can be substituted for metals. Specifically, they anticipate a partner who develops resin/composite material that exhibits excellent creep resistance without strength reduction even in high-temperature environment (around 200°C).
In industrial sectors such as automobiles and airplanes, expectations for lightweight and high heat-resistance resin materials have been rising from an energy saving perspective. Although engineering plastic materials, featuring high heat resistance and strength, have been put into practical use, material designed to be used continuously in an environment exceeding 200°C has not been developed. The client has also engaged in the development of such material but has not yet commercialized the material with the required high strength property in high temperatures. High functional materials are developed in various industrial sectors and have potential for providing a technological breakthrough. The client has therefore decided to make this RFP to further accelerate the development of their research and development endeavors.
Key Success Criteria
Requirements for targeted material
The Client is looking for resin or composite with the following characteristics on the premise of application to automobile parts:
Mechanical strength in high temperature:
Specific tensile strength: ≥111 MPa/(g/cm3) at 165°C
Creep characteristic: elongation of ≤0.2% after applying tensile stress of 50 MPa to the material at 165°C for 4000 hours
Corrosion resistance: capable of maintaining the above specific tensile strength after the material is placed in the following corrosion environment:
Corrosion environment: Immersed in acidic aqueous solution containing sulfuric acid (10 g/l) and formic acid (20 g/l) for 100 hours
Moldability: desirably capable of being formed by injection molding:
Melting temperature: ≤450°C
Molding pressure: approx. 200 MPa
It is not necessary for all the above requirements to be met at this point; proposals are welcome if there is a good chance of meeting them through further development within approx. two years.
To be able to provide samples for characteristics evaluation by February 2020:
Preferable sample is as follows:
Assumed specification: ISO527
Size: approx. 170 mm in length x 10 mm in width x 4 mm in thickness
The sample test cost preferably less than 5 thousand dollars in total
Samples for the test is not necessary to meet the “Requirements for targeted material”; it is acceptable if its characteristics at higher temperatures can be evaluated.
The Client expects technologies such as the following approaches, but is open to others:
Modification of engineering plastic
Polyimide, polyamide-imide, polyetherimide, PEEK
Other new resin material or filler-containing composite with high heat resistance
Approaches not of Interest
The following approaches are not of interest:
A single additive or filler material only
Items to be Submitted
Notes on Response
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
Overall scientific and technical merit
Approach to proof of concept or performance
Economic potential of concept
Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
Potential for proprietary position
Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.