Key Technology for Engine Encapsulations
Innovative engine encapsulations enhance the efficiency and sustainability of vehicles: The heat storage in the engine bay achieved with the encapsulations reduces fuel consumption at the next cold start, which in turn leads to lower vehicle emissions.
Autoneum recognized the growing importance and far-reaching potential of the thermo-acoustic insulation of vehicles at an early stage and has developed an innovative material: Theta-FiberCell combines the benefits of the fiber absorber Theta-Fiber and foam absorber Theta-Cell. Theta-FiberCell, the key technology for engine encapsulations launched on the market in 2012 is based on Autoneum’s long-standing experience and takes into account customer-specific product requirements such as optimum noise protection and integrated thermal insulation. The high temperature stability entailed by this thermal insulation is also of major importance for vehicle manufacturers: Theta-FiberCell is barely flammable and can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C.
Theta-FiberCell also appeals due to its lightweight and displays high resistance towards engine vibrations. Theta-FiberCell can be used for engine encapsulations mounted onto the engine or vehicle.
As well as the acoustic absorption of interior (by up to four decibel) and exterior (by up to eight decibel) noise, the fiber-foam solution enables heat to be stored for long periods after the vehicle has been parked. After being switched off for 12 hours, the temperature of an engine with Theta-FiberCell encapsulation is six degrees higher than one without this special insulation.
This difference in temperature results in a higher engine oil temperature and less internal friction of the engine which in turn enhances the efficiency and sustainability of vehicles. Each six degrees increase in engine oil temperature reduces CO2 emissions by three grams per kilometer driven.