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Rheological investigations in the automotive industry

The automotive industry works with numerous very complex materials whose rheological properties are of great importance in order to achieve high product quality. This starts with the body-in-white production in which materials like oils, greases, and sealants are used. For windscreens, door seals, mounting, and tires, among others, different types of polymers are needed. Oils, greases, and fuels keep the engine running and top coatings are used to protect the car finish from scratches and other damages. Knowledge of all these materials’ rheological behavior is not only necessary to achieve the desired product quality, but can also save production costs and time. 

Typically measured materials from the automotive industry