Yanfeng Automotive seeks a flexible and soft decorative cover for an interior component that changes shape.
Automotive designers strive to configure vehicle interiors for occupants of different size and stature. With the advent of autonomous vehicles and shared vehicles, designers are also working on ways to reconfigure the interior for different use cases. Components such as the center console could morph shape to accept and display a personal display device or to enable an arm rest. The decorative cover for such a morphing surface must adapt to a variety of shapes.
Key success Criteria
The decorative soft cover used to cover a shape-morphing interior component should:
Be sufficiently flexible to enable a variety of shapes (in all directions)
Enable extensibility range of up to 3 inches
Conform to minimum bend radius of 0.25 inches
Returns quickly to its original shape, without wrinkles
Be able to be bonded to the underlying morphing structure
Withstand repeated cycling over a vehicle’s 20-year lifespan
Perform consistently over temperatures ranging from -40⁰C to 110⁰C
Be essentially opaque
Although, translucent versions would be nice to have
Meet the following additional physical performance requirements:
Resistance to scratch, abrasion and mar
Chemical resistance to window and all-purpose cleaners, sunscreen, bug spray, and perspiration
Resistance to fade and no change in gloss when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays
Withstands 85⁰C at 90% relative humidity for 96 hours with no outgassing, fogging or VOC’s of concern
Meet flammability requirements for use in automotive interiors
Fabrics made from polyester, nylon, synthetic rubbers, faux leather such as vinyl, or combinations thereof
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