A new thermoset sheet molding compound (SMC) is offered as a replacement for aluminum die castings in underhood components for heavy trucks. SMC AV-206 from IDI Composites International, Noblesville, Ind., is available with vinyl ester or a polyester/vinyl ester blend. The 35%-glass material boasts superior dimensional stability, high strength-to-weight ratio, and an excellent noise-vibration-harshness (NVH) rating. One of the first uses is valve covers.
IDI Composites International
PO Box 357
Noblesville, IN 46061
Phone (317) 773-1766 Fax (317) 773-3877