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Automotive applications of chromogenic materials
Author(s): Niall R. Lynam
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Paper Abstract

Automobiles present both opportunities and challenges for large-area chromogenics. Opportunities include optical and thermal control of vehicle glazing along with optical control of rearview mirrors and privacy glass. Challenges include cost-effectively meeting automotive safety, performance, and reliability standards. Worldwide automobile production' for 1987 is listed in Table 1. Of the roughly 33 million cars produced annually, approximately 8% are luxury models which are candidates for features such as auto- matically dimming rearview mirrors or variable opacity sunroofs. Thus copious commercial opportunities await whatever chromogenic technologies qualify for use in automobiles. This review will describe the performance, safety, and reliability/durability required for automotive use. Commercial opportunities and challenges will be discussed including cost factors and specifications. Chromogenic technologies such as electrochromism, liquid crystals and thermochromism will be reviewed in terms of how publicly announced technical developments match automotive needs and expectations. Construction and performance of ex- isting or imminent chromogenic devices will be described. Finally, how opportunities and challenges of the automotive environment translate to other applications for chromogenic materials such as architectural or information display devices will be discussed. The objective is to generally review the applications, the technologies appropriate to these applications, and the automotive chromogenic devices available at the time of writing to match these applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1990
PDF: 39 pages
Proc. SPIE 10304, Large-Area Chromogenics: Materials and Devices for Transmittance Control, 1030404 (28 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2283607
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Niall R. Lynam, Donnelly Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10304:
Large-Area Chromogenics: Materials and Devices for Transmittance Control
Carl M. Lampert; Claes-Göran Granqvist, Editor(s)

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