No-emission vehicle race winner features DSM resins

The winner of the Formula Zero race features thermoset urethanes throughout the vehicle.

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DSM Composite Resins (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) announced on Aug. 26 that students at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands) took first place in the world’s premiere hydrogen-powered race on Aug. 23 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. As a sponsor, DSM Composite Resins supports the team with advice and material. The bodywork of the vehicle is almost completely shaped from Turane resins, a thermoset urethane from DSM that combines qualities of epoxies and polyester urethane in one material.

Formula Zero is the first race competition worldwide that produces pure water as sole emission. The initiative originated to present hydrogen as alternative fuel in an appealing way. Student teams of six leading technical universities in the world have developed their own special vehicles for this contest. The bodywork of the vehicle from the Delft team, “Greenchoice-Forze,” uses DSM resins in the body, air channels, floor plate, absorption bumpers and parts of the dashboard. The exterior of the vehicle is reinforced with Dyneema, DSM’s high-performance polyethylene fiber.

Edgar van Os, Greenchoice Forze’s team leader, says, “The DSM products match our desires perfectly. Turane resins flow easily and cure very quickly, so it’s possible to use vacuum infusion to produce large parts that are both extremely light and strong”. At elevated temperature, Turane resins have a relatively long injection time that allows thorough impregnation of the reinforcement. This fully controllable cure behavior makes it suitable for processing techniques such as hand lamination, pultrusion, filament winding and casting. Greenchoice Forze team not only won the main races, but also set the track record and received the People’s Choice Award for best design.