Nanotech Application In Iran’s Car Industry
Researchers at Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), in collaboration with their colleagues at SAPCO, two of the largest car producers in Iran, are replacing auto parts with nanotech-based ones to improve quality and reduce costs.
These replacements include windscreen, body paint, interior composite parts, plastic parts, seat covers, dashboard and gas tank, Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) reported.
Such modifications would improve the hygiene of the car’s internal parts.
IKCO presented its first nano-modified prototype named Samand Soren at Iran Nano 2009 exhibition currently being held in Tehran.
According to IKCO’s experts, the car uses anti-scratch paint, nanocomposite interior parts and inter-engine units, hydrophobic glasses, antibacterial seats, anti-stain dashboard and nanocatalytic exhaust convertor.
Longer Car Guarantees
“When integrated in paints, nano-coatings improve lifespan and resistance to erosion/scratch and UV greatly. This will help producers lengthen guarantee periods for automobile paints,” Ali Farshidi, the head of Engineering and Materials Research Center at SAPCO, told INIC.
“We are continuing our researches to benefit from nanotechnology as much as possible. For example, currently we are seeking ways to apply nanotech-based air filters that don’t need to be replaced or gas tanks with lower gasoline vapor loss, thanks to nanotechnology.”
Hadi Zebardast, the head of Strategic Technology Planning Department at IKCO, stressed that nano-modified parts make a car’s interior cleaner and more hygienic.
“We want to reduce fuel consumption and produce more environmentally-friendly cars with the help of nanotechnology,” he said.
Production of Nanotube
TarAra Carbon Technologies, one of the participant companies in Iran Nano 2009 exhibition, produces carbon nanotubes.
The company applies CCVD method to produce its millimeter-long carbon nanotube arrays.
“If the companies, which currently work in the field of nanoparticle composites, shift to Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) composites, they will benefit from the highly changed mechanical and electrical properties,” Morteza Maghrebi, the manager of the company, said.
“Specific surface area and conductivity of aligned CNTs are superior to conventional CNTs,” he said.
“We seek to indigenize technology through dynamic interaction with customers and advertising,” Ali Sane’, one of TarAra’s experts, said.
TarAra has won Sheikh Bahaei Scientific Award in the best business planning section, apart from other awards and prizes. http://www.iran-daily.com/1388/8/18/MainPaper/3542/Page/8/Index.htm