Percentage of agrage material used in a europian car

Essay by mohit007University, Bachelor'sA+, June 2005

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· Introduction

Every year millions of tons of waste are produced by the automotive industry because of end of life vehicles. The major problem why vehicles are not being recycled as they should be is because a lot of the material is un-recyclable or very expensive. This report analyses the effects of the implication of this legalization with respect to the design of the car components with in a vehicle to look at what is being done by the industry to meet new regulations in respect of recycling.

· Types of Materials Used

Currently, the proportions of material in a car are approximately as follows:

Some of the material shown in the above is easier to recycle than others some are very difficult to recycle.

In order the most recyclable is

1 Ferrous metal

2 Light alloys

3 Glass

4 Plastic

5, Rubber

Ferrous metal are the most easily recyclable as it is pure and the materials do not lose there properties when recycled for example steel, steel can be easily recycled it is the same for iron and the other marital used in a typical family car this counts for 70% of the typical family car.

Light alloy or glass again it is not a problem to recycle. Glass in-particular is very easy to recycle and be made use of in many applications.

Plastic is the biggest area for recycling improvement. Plastic use has become more essential for modern cars as it reduces about 300 kg of a cars weight this reduces pollution and plastic is cheaper to work with. But the problem with this is that plastic is not easily recycled different application of plastic require it to do different thing, many different types of plastic are bonded together to achieve the desired properties. This means when it...