In “Glass-reinforced Thermoplastic Succeeds in Car Crash Structure” (CT October 2006, p. 52), it was reported that the Aston Martin Vanquish sports car’s exterior body panels are made from carbon fiber composites and that the car weighs more than 2 metric tonnes (2,000 kg or 4,400 lb). Jeff Dahl of the Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, Mich.) pointed out that the majority of the panels are aluminum and the car’s weight is about 1,875 kg/4,133 lb.
Rick Doering, engineering manger for Meridian Automotive Systems (Allen Park, Mich.) informed CT that a photo in “Long-fiber Injection Advances Polyurethane Composites” (CT December 2006, p. 30) does not, as the caption claims, depict Cannon SpA’s (Trezzano, Italy) InterWet polyurethane long-fiber injection (LFI) system in action. It is, instead, a Cannon-developed string binder sprayup system used by Meridian to make preforms for the GMT800 Protec pick-up truck box.
In CT’s COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2006 post-show coverage (CT December 2006, p. 18), an incorrect statement was made regarding how CVD Diamond Corp.’s (London, Ontario, Canada) diamond cutting and drilling tools are manufactured. They are created by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), in which a very thin film of diamond is deposited on a tool body.
Editor PickGlass-Reinforced Thermoplastic Succeeds in Car Crash Structure
Thermoformable, recyclable composite yields production-worthy front-end structure.