The areas of a vehicle that develop high temperatures need effectual heat shielding solutions. Vendors are designing sophisticated shielding solutions to help bring vehicles in line with increasing thermal shield requirements.
The management of heat is becoming complex with the growing number of temperature-sensitive and sophisticated components in modern vehicles that have to be protected from heat. The demand of heat shielding technology has been increasing along with the number of applications in automotive industry. Minimal cooling air flows, tightly packed components, engine encapsulation, exhaust gas turbochargers and catalytic converter technology result in high temperatures within the area of the underbody, in the engine compartment and across the exhaust system. Heat shielding systems help engine and exhaust systems to function safely and reliably and contribute to enhanced driving comfort and environmental protection.
Hence the heat shield market is witnessing growing demand in the automotive industry. However, the sophisticated heat shield solutions increase the overall price of the vehicle thereby restraining the market growth as certain applications are restricted to high-end models.
In automobiles, the material for heat shield is mainly aluminum or stainless steel. High performance heat shields additionally include ceramic insulation. Such products are commonly used in top-end motorsports such as Formula One. Different material combinations and the custom-engineered shielding solutions for the entire vehicle are gaining traction in the automotive heat shield market. Depending on the specific requirements for heat protection, materials and shape of shields is tailored to the respective application. Companies such as ElringKlinger AG and Autoneum Holding AG are using simulation software (such as Ansys) to simulate the temperatures to which the individual parts are likely to be exposed and thus design the heat shielding parts to match the specific circumstances. Integrating acoustical performance into a heat shield is a growing trend in the market which allows the treatment of noise problems that were difficult to treat before due to the extreme temperature environments.
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Nowadays, heat protection is also provided in the vehicle passenger compartments. The application is no longer limited to premium models and is further expected to see large scale adoption across all models by the vehicle manufacturers Companies such as Lydall, Inc. provide interior as well as exterior thermal solutions. Interior products are designed primarily for front of dash regions or under-carpet where high temperature sources exist. Exterior solutions are designed to lessen excessive heat from the exhaust system, shielding the fuel systems or floor sheet metal. At present, the solutions available in the market are not just single wall but the multi-layer solutions are also available for higher temperatures.
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The leading players in the automotive heat shield market include Lydall Inc., Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, ElringKlinger AG, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Delphi Automotive PLC, Autoneum Holding AG, Thermo-Tec Automotive Products, Inc., Covpress Limited and Dana Holding Corporation. Asia Pacific is expected to account for largest share in the automotive heat shields market among the other regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle-East and Africa and Latin America. Urbanization, rising demand for high-end vehicles, growing population driven by India and China and the high economic growth in this region is boosting the demand for automotive heat shields in the region.