Use of polyurethane parts in the automotive suspension

Technological progress has not bypassed the most popular means of transport – car. With advanced technologies the car becomes more complex. Suspension of the car has undergone a lot of changes since the invention of the wheel. Many different kinds of automotive suspension components are developed, the electronic control of the suspension is in use, and all this for the implementation of trivial tasks of suspension – ensuring smooth driving and safety.

Use of the parts from polyurethane in a vehicle suspension improves its characteristics. Driving control increases, reduces the response time of a vehicle on the movement of the steering wheel, ie, the steering becomes “sharper”. Reduces the body roll when cornering. The geometry of the suspension becomes more stable. All this directly takes a positive effects on the safety and comfort of driving.

Polyurethane saves its characteristics over a wide temperature range, high endurance allows to exploit successfully the polyurethane parts in different climatic conditions. The interval between overhauls increases, the costs associated with repair and maintenance of the suspension are reduced.

Competent and professional implementation (selection, installation, operation) of polyurethane parts is a key to a long and trouble-free operation of your vehicle suspension.

For a deeper familiarization with the material they are made of, we give below a specification of polyurethane and a comparison of its characteristics with those of rubber.

Physical and mechanical properties 



Operating temperature 

– 60° С, + 120° С 

– 35° С, + 150° С 

Hardness under Shor, scale А 

65 – 95 

65 – 80 

Rebound elasticity 



Modulus of elasticity for tension 100% 

2,5 МPа 

1,2 МPа

Breaking point for tension

350 kg/сm22

110 kg/сm22

Elongation at break



Strength for tear, method С, N/mm



Abrasion resistance, scraper H22



PU is a polymer with unique properties, widely used to make parts for very tough operating conditions. Because of a high price and uncertain production technology, polyurethane is mainly used for especially important units, where usage of rubber is unreasonable due to the short service life and quite average operating characteristics.

The latest achievements in chemistry allowed to DESIGN polyurethane properties for special purposes in the industry. Suspension bushings, these are the most vivid examples of PU use in a car. PU parts perfectly withstand great alternating loads in hard operating conditions and do not lose its characteristics for many years.