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IMPAXX™

Technical Data Sheets

IMPAXX™ is a highly engineered, extruded polystyrene foam manufactured to maximize efficiency and minimize weight. Providing higher efficiency and improved safety performance than other EA countermeasures, IMPAXX™ foam also minimizes weight and packaging space requirements. In addition, it supports better safety ratings, requirement compliance, design flexibility and passenger comfort at cost-competitive prices. Compared to competing EA products, IMPAXX™ foam offers:

Benefits
  • Stable impact response along the operative temperature range
  • Low development time and cost
  • Minimum production lead time
  • Tooling elimination
  • Higher efficiency and NCAP rating

IMPAXX™

Advantages

Applications

Characteristics

Awards

Product Advantages and ROI:
  • Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of expanded polypropylene bead foams (EPP), polyurethane foams (PU) and thermoformed plastic parts
  • Increased packaging space for occupant comfort
  • Faster and lower-cost development/validation for production parts via correlated CAE models and prototypes
  • Parts are precision cut into simple shapes, lowering part costs and eliminating the need for tooling
  • Consistent performance at temperature extremes
  • Minimal variation in impact tests, eliminating the need to design safety margins in tight packaging space
  • Parts are cut with tight tolerances to exacting standards
  • Fast cycle times enable quick production of large batches of parts
  • Fit with conventional and advantaged assembly methods
Applications:
  • Headliner and pillar trims
  • Front and rear doors
  • Steering column and lower instrument panel
  • Under carpet
  • Bumper systems
  • Headrest

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Significant Weight Reduction

IMPAXX™ foam is up to 50 percent lighter than other EA materials. Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of EPP bead foams and PU foams.

Significant Weight Reduction

Effect of Temperature on Compression at 25% Strain

IMPAXX™ foam exhibits stable temperature performance across curtain air bag deployment test conditions and performs consistently at temperature extremes, while the performance of competitive materials can vary as temperatures change.

Effect of Pressure on Compression

IMPAXX™ Foam Static Compression Response

IMPAXX™ foam is up to 30 percent more efficient than competing energy absorbing products. The Square Wave Compression Curve of IMPAXX™ is desirable because material starts absorbing energy quickly during the impact event. IMPAXX™ provides uniform absorption of energy up to 70% of the strain. This performance advantage decreases the required packaging space, providing more interior space for the vehicle occupant.

Static Compression Response
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Advantages

Product Advantages and ROI:
  • Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of expanded polypropylene bead foams (EPP), polyurethane foams (PU) and thermoformed plastic parts
  • Increased packaging space for occupant comfort
  • Faster and lower-cost development/validation for production parts via correlated CAE models and prototypes
  • Parts are precision cut into simple shapes, lowering part costs and eliminating the need for tooling
  • Consistent performance at temperature extremes
  • Minimal variation in impact tests, eliminating the need to design safety margins in tight packaging space
  • Parts are cut with tight tolerances to exacting standards
  • Fast cycle times enable quick production of large batches of parts
  • Fit with conventional and advantaged assembly methods

Applications

Applications:
  • Headliner and pillar trims
  • Front and rear doors
  • Steering column and lower instrument panel
  • Under carpet
  • Bumper systems
  • Headrest

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Characteristics

Significant Weight Reduction

IMPAXX™ foam is up to 50 percent lighter than other EA materials. Lower densities of IMPAXX™ foam achieve the same performance as higher densities of EPP bead foams and PU foams.

Significant Weight Reduction

Effect of Temperature on Compression at 25% Strain

IMPAXX™ foam exhibits stable temperature performance across curtain air bag deployment test conditions and performs consistently at temperature extremes, while the performance of competitive materials can vary as temperatures change.

Effect of Pressure on Compression

IMPAXX™ Foam Static Compression Response

IMPAXX™ foam is up to 30 percent more efficient than competing energy absorbing products. The Square Wave Compression Curve of IMPAXX™ is desirable because material starts absorbing energy quickly during the impact event. IMPAXX™ provides uniform absorption of energy up to 70% of the strain. This performance advantage decreases the required packaging space, providing more interior space for the vehicle occupant.

Static Compression Response

Awards

IMPAXX-Awards

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