Dow accelerates collaboration for automotive industry with MobilityScience™ Studios
State-of-the-art facilities aim to deliver faster and more effective solutions for acoustics, sealing, powertrain, and fluid system components
MIDLAND, Mich. – August 05, 2021 – Dow (NYSE: DOW) has announced the launch of MobilityScience™ Studios to support the development of innovative transportation technologies. The first two studios, located in Midland, Michigan and Lake Jackson, Texas, offer a collaborative workspace that features a world-class suite of testing capabilities focused on acoustic and powertrain solutions for fast-moving automotive applications. These enable Dow to create tailor-made noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) and sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system solutions unique to any specifications.
Through an integrated approach, MobilityScience™ Studios foster collaboration to provide customers with solutions ranging from custom product formulations to factory line implementation.
“Our MobilityScience™ platform was created to improve our service, accelerate innovation, reduce complexity, and better connect customers with our products and capabilities,” said Tim Boven, MobilityScience™ Growth Director. “MobilityScience™ Studios offer a comprehensive development network that combines collaboration spaces and access to experts with formulation, fabrication, and testing capabilities to deliver better, more innovative and more sustainable mobility solutions to market, faster.”
Tailoring solutions across the acoustics spectrum
Automotive OEMs and Tiers collaborating at MobilityScience™ Studio – Acoustics in Midland, MI will have access to Dow’s vast portfolio of polyurethane foams, elastomers, resins, coatings materials and specialty chemicals, and can work alongside Dow experts who bridge the gap between acoustics and materials.
“We are using our vast market understanding and technical know-how to fine-tune polyurethane cells at the molecular level and improve acoustic performance of our materials for our customers,” said Dr. Esther Quintanilla, Global Mobility Market Leader at Dow Polyurethanes. “MobilityScience™ Studio – Acoustics reinforces our commitment to our customers and provides us with a unique opportunity to accelerate acoustics collaboration and adapt to the dynamic landscape of NVH challenges in automobiles, together.”
The MobilityScience™ Studio – Acoustics will empower Dow to create acoustic materials that cover the full spectrum of customers’ exact needs across frequencies, applications and materials, as well as characteristics like aesthetics and durability. Customers will be able to engage in the process and collaborate on customizable solutions through advanced testing capabilities, including:
- Damping analysis with oberst beam testing
- Sound-proof simulation in hemi-anechoic chamber
- Sound absorption and transmission through impedance tube testing
- High-end modeling that utilizes Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA)
- Passenger simulation with binaural manikins
- Frequency analysis with laser vibrometer
- Microscopy to look at foam at molecular level
Additionally, Dow has engineered ACOUSTIMIZE™ methodology to be used in the Studio, which delivers a holistic evaluation of targeted cavity fill applications to generate quantitative data to understand the acoustic performance of polyurethane materials. The resulting information is key to better fabrication of tailored solutions – like SPECFLEX™ Systems and customizable BETAFOAM™ Acoustic Foams formulations.
At the MobilityScience™ Studio – Acoustics, Dow’s innovative acrylic liquid applied sound damping (LASD) technologies offer sustainability, process and acoustic performance advantages compared to traditional sound damping systems like bitumen pads and viscoelastic materials. Dow’s ACOUSTICRYL™ Acrylic Resins with AVANSE™ Technology for LASD can be formulated into water-borne, liquid applied vibration damping materials that provide improved acoustic performance, reduce costs and facilitate the health and safety of workers and the environment.
Accelerating sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system innovations
MobilityScience™ Studio - Lake Jackson, TX offers capabilities aimed at the development and commercialization of sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system components such as weatherstrips, belts and hoses.
“From formulation creation and mixing through extrusion, curing and end-use testing, the Studio offers a host of comprehensive capabilities for fast-tracking development of innovative EPDM solutions for the transportation industry,” said Robert Guerrieri, North America Marketing Manager, Transportation at Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “We’ve created these studios so partners across the value chain can collaborate and fully evaluate new solutions while maintaining their production.”
In particular, this Studio will act as a catalyst to create the next generation of NORDEL™ EPDM products, further expanding the widest range of ethylene content available to the industry. Customers will have access to a variety of state-of-the-art resources to both advance customization of new products and verify end-use performance, including:
- Pilot scale formulation creation, mixing, extrusion, curing, validation of custom-tailored solutions
- Comprehensive evaluation and troubleshooting of mixing, milling/calendering, and extrusion-related processing issues
- Onsite analytical testing and validation of physical property performance in uncured and cured compounds as well as finished prototypes
About Dow MobilityScience™
Dow MobilityScience™ is a platform organized and designed to bring the full power of Dow to the transportation industry. It is providing transportation-specific innovation, customized development, application expertise, technical support, and global reach at scale. MobilityScience™ delivers value by providing expertise in sustainability with carbon management and circular economy solutions to support the move to low carbon mobility. The Mobility Platform team operates across businesses, functions, and geographies to coordinate one Dow global approach enhancing the customer experience. Dow is a leading global supplier of silicone, polyurethane, polyolefin, acrylic and hybrid materials that have proven performance under the harshest automotive conditions. For more information, visit www.dowmobilityscience.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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