Pedal and adjustable pedal module for the new Citroën C5
In the development of the pedal and adjustable pedal module for the new Citroën C5, Rhodia Polyamide, Saint-Fons, France, and Trelleborg Automotive Carbody, Witry les Reims, France, collaborated closely. Rhodia supplied the material, a polyamide sold under the trade name Technyl, and the MMI technology to simulate component properties, while Trelleborg contributed its pedal expertise.
The new method takes into account the orientation of the glass fibers and their distribution in the injection molded component. This allows the structure of the injection molded parts to be analyzed more precisely than was possible with previous programs – particularly in terms of predicting crash behavior. With this method, component design can be optimized and time-to-market significantly reduced, according to the manufacturer.
By using the new material, Trelleborg has been able to create a much lighter pedal module, integrating the plate and the pedal. Compared with the metal design, a 50% weight saving has been achieved, while maintaining the same rigidity. In addition, the pedals have been built into the patented module system in such a way that they disappear into the vehicle floor in the event of a crash, so protecting the driver and passenger.
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