Dow Automotive Materials Provide Performance Benefits for Cadillac SRX

11 June 2004

Betafoam low-density acoustical foam from Dow Automotive helps manage road and chassis noise, vibration and harshness in the 2004 Cadillac SRX.

The higher-density structural foam provides stability and crash/energy management benefits to the A-pillar and longitudinal rails.

Betafoam, a two-part polyurethane foam, is typically injected into body cavities during vehicle assembly, where it cures almost immediately, providing an acoustical seal or near-immediate reinforcement of the vehicle’s body structure. For the Cadillac SRX, the Dow Automotive team provided application development, design, material expertise, product testing and evaluation at Dow Automotive's lab in Auburn Hills.

The material is now available in low-MDI formulations, thus relieving ventilation requirements in the assembly environment. Betafoam is available in several formulations including multiple grades of the new low-MDI material.

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