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Title: Large-area flexible printed circuits for automotive applications
Author: Jaggernauth, Wayne A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2704 7247
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2007
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To meet the demands for safety and passenger comfort, modem passenger cars offer more and increasingly sophisticated electrical and electronic systems. The wiring harnesses that support such systems become too large, complex and heavy, when designed for a conventional electrical architecture based on 14 volts, posing several challenges to automotive manufacturers. Alternative electrical architectures based on 42 volts and in-vehicle multiplexing promise to reduce the size and weight of the wiring harness, but these architectures are yet to be fully developed and standardized. In the near term, alternative wiring solutions have gained the interest of automotive manufacturers. Small flexible printed circuits (FPCs) have previously been integrated into automotive instrument clusters. The benefits of reduced weight and space requirements of such FPCs compared to a wire harness has fuelled an interest in much larger FPCs as substitutes for the Instrument Panel and door harnesses in high-volume production cars. This research investigates the materials typically used in FPC manufacture, for applicability within a passenger car.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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