The engineers at Ford have tested on the cars of the blue Oval disinfectants and products that today are used to sanitize the drive because of the coronavirus. The tests are used to understand how to further improve the chemical composition of the interior furnishings to make sure they keep to their aesthetic features, regardless of the substances with which they come into contact. These checks also aim to understand if the hand sanitizers ethanol based, the sales of which, only in Italy, increased by 18 times compared to last year, can do to age prematurely to the interior of the car.
Test with various substances. “The hand sanitizer is a product that is considered in our tests for a long time now,” said Mark Montgomery, materials engineer in the Materials Technology Centre of the Dunton Technical center of Ford in the United Kingdom, “but also the apparently most harmless, can cause problems when it is in contact with the surfaces: substances such as disinfectants for the hands, sun cream and insect repellent may be particularly harmful”.
No bleach. During the sanitizing, disinfectant for the hands helps kill the germs and the interiors of the vehicles Ford can withstand the potential damaging effects. In the cleaning, however, it is desirable to avoid the use of products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide, as well as products containing ammonia, which can damage the anti-reflective coatings and anti-fingerprint. The protocol followed by the engineers of the american Home during the test consists of simulations on samples of the material at temperatures which in some cases can reach up to 74° C, as can happen in a car parked at the beach on a hot day. Other tests simulate prolonged exposure to the sun, with samples bombarded with ultraviolet light for up to 1.152 hours (48 days). The same plastic, then, is brought to temperatures up to -30° C, when the materials become more fragile, and you try to bounce repeatedly on the surfaces, a rubber ball, heavy to see if and how they break.
Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.