Ford Incorporating Wool into Car Insulation

Researchers at Deakin University's Institute for Frontier Materials have worked with Ford to create a new wool-based insulation, which they say has environmental and other benefits over synthetic materials currently in use.

Led by Dr Maryam Naebe, IFM academics worked with Ford Motor Company researchers to engineer the new textiles, "using blended waste and virgin wool insulated fibers covered with a thin nonwoven fabric via needle-punching."

Naebe said that car companies are moving toward lighter, natural-fiber materials and away from polyester, polyethylene and polystyrene interiors.

"The automotive industry is in need of a high performance, cost-effective, low carbon footprint, and biodegradable alternative for insulation," Dr. Naebe said.

According to Naebe, the final product has similar sound absorption, thermal resistance and air flow properties to what's being used currently, but with the added benefits of wool, such as odor-resistant, flame-retardant and antibacterial properties.

Source: AU Manufacturing