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Thursday, October 13 2022 - 20:00
New materials create safer, quieter EVs
HOUSTON, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Ascend Performance Materials has developed two materials for electric vehicles 
that improve safety and passenger comfort. The company's Starflam(R) X-Protect 
) and Vydyne(R) AVS ( 
) tackle two unique challenges automakers face when developing their EV 

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Unrivaled safety

Starflam X-Protect is an industry-leading flame-retardant nylon 66 that 
withstands exposure to 1,100 degrees C direct flame for 15 minutes, surpassing 
standard flame-retardant materials and aluminum tested in accordance with SAE 
AS5127 (a test originally designed for aerospace applications).

Watch Starflam X-Protect in action ( 

"Safety remains one of the primary concerns for people considering an EV," said 
Ian van Duijvenboode, Ascend's senior director for e-mobility. "Despite being 
relatively rare, critical battery failure and thermal runaway can occur and 
X-Protect was designed to keep people safe even in extreme circumstances."

Unparalleled vibration damping and one of the quietest cars

Ascend's team of e-mobility application development engineers and polymer 
scientists created a novel solution to dampen noise, vibration and harshness in 
EVs, which produce vibrations at 10 times the frequency of internal combustion 
engine vehicles. 

Vydyne AVS is a new engineered material effective at damping high-frequency 
vibrations from noise sources like motors and compressors, which translates 
into an 80% reduction in cabin sound pressure. 

One of the applications where Vydyne AVS is being used is in the Cadillac 
LYRIQ, which has been dubbed "crypt-quiet" and "the quietest car I can remember 
driving" by the press. The LYRIQ sports an electric AC compressor mounting 
bracket made of Vydyne AVS, which effectively helps damp that component's 
vibrations at the source while also providing structural support.

"Vydyne AVS is the result of years of engineering development combined with our 
unique ability to tailor the polymerization process to target specific 
attributes," said Dr. Steve Manning, Ascend's senior director for engineered 
materials. "It's an example of our commitment to help customers lead in 
innovation and tackle the unique challenges driven by this transformation to 

Ascend will be showcasing its new materials, including its low-carbon-footprint 
products, under its Advancing Together theme at K 2022 from 19-26 October in 
Hall 6 Stand A07.

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Contact: Alison Jahn, +1 713 210-9809

SOURCE:  Ascend Performance Materials