Headquartered in Lake Forest (Illinois, USA) Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and offers technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicles, commercial truck, off-highway equipment, and the aftermarket.
The vision of Tenneco is pioneering global ideas for cleaner air, and smoother, quieter and safer transportation through development of advanced suspension systems.
In 2018, Tenneco acquired Federal-Mogul and Ohlins. The company expects to separate its businesses to form two new independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company (DRiV) as well as a Powertrain Technology Company (Tenneco). Spin-off is foreseen for mid 2020.
DRiV™ will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies. DRiV would have 2018 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 54% of those revenues from aftermarket and 46% from original equipment customers.
Clean Air /powertrain company (Tenneco)
Specifically designed to enable reduction of NOx, particulate matter mass and number, as well as hydrocarbons and CO2 – all mandates for the next wave of U.S. Tier 3 and EU6 and 7 emissions legislation. Combined with our experience in systems integration, engineering and design, and expanded global footprint, we’re providing customers with solutions that can be implemented anywhere in the world today – without compromising vehicle performance or durability.
Ride performance (DRiV)
R&D focuses mainly on two topics: (i) improving ride sensation (handling and comfort) by proposing advanced suspensions system with vision for pre-emptive damping following future electrification and autonomous driving requirements (ii) manufacturing by focusing on processes optimization and weight reduction. Through detailed FEA analysis, the company can optimize the weight/cost ratio answering to customer expectation (hollow rod, variable wall thickness, GF-plastic spring seat).
Progressive anti-roll bar
The aim of the case study has two challenges.
The first challenge is to use a new lightweight material to replace steel and decrease the cost, still achieving structural requirements. The replacement of material and process may drastically change the properties and behavior, explaining that the part should be redesign and validation according to adapted SOR.
The second challenge is to use the new material to improve or add new functionality. The idea of progressive anti-roll bar came from the anisotropy of the material. This could be used as an advantage to play with fibers on stiffness and get a progressive behavior.
Lightweight + Additional properties
Start in 09/2019
Flanders Make, Technifutur, AMAC, Capricorn, CompDesE
Material supplier with data about the material
Partner for simulation (considering the anisotropy and process influence on composite material properties)
Tier 2 for part production
Life cycle and cost analysis