The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has confirmed that the first keynote of the tenth-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) will feature a joint presentation by Luciano DeOto, division chief for the Advanced Composites Development Center (ACDC), Automobili Lamborghini SpA (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy), and Paolo Feraboli, assistant professor, Aerospace Structures & Materials, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the the University of Washington (Seattle, Wash., USA) on joint-development work for out-of-autoclave carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) technologies for Lamborghini’s supercars.
This year’s SPE ACCE will be held Sept. 15-16 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich., USA.
Lamborghini has used polymer composites on its iconic vehicles since 1983, and advanced (CFRP) composites for all body panels and several sections of the space-frame structure of its Murciélago coupé since 2001. The company says it sees CFRP composites as the key technology for meeting its two-fold strategy of improving vehicle performance by increasing power-to-weight ratio via mass reduction, as well its need to reduce emissions to lower environmental impact and meet stricter emissions requirements. Since 2007, the automaker has been collaborating with the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington and with the Structures Technology group of Boeing Research & Technology (Seattle). The team is currently focused on composites-intensive primary structures that meet Lamborghini’s weight, cost, and production-rate targets, which, in turn, necessitates both evaluations of non-conventional technologies as well as development of new ones.
For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference, visit the Automotive Division’s website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or the Composites’ Division website at www.compositeshelp.com/, or contact the group at +1 248-244-8993.