Composites have long been used in autos and trucks, primarily under the hood and in interiors. High-performance have used carbon fiber for many years, and now new high-speed manufacturing technology is allowing carbon fiber to move into production vehicles.
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As more carbon composites are used on structural car components, how will crash damage be assessed and repairs be made?
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Although development work has only just begun, the company's Makrolon polycarbonate, in a carbon fiber-reinforced composite, is proving highly impact resistant and offers a Class A surface.Taking the hand out of hand layup CompositesWorld
Hand layup has a long history in aerospace composites fabrication, but it's not well suited for automotive composites manufacturing, where volumes are much higher. But the discrete placement of fiber reinforcements still has value. Research is pointing toward automated hand layup that might help this process bridge the aerospace-to-automotive divide.Getting real: Thermoplastic resin transfer molding CompositesWorld
KraussMaffei is launching this fall thermoplastic resin transfer molding (T-RTM), through which caprolactam is injected into a preform and then in-mold polymerized to create polyamide 6.Webinar: Epoxy in mass-produced automotive composites CompositesWorld
The free Hexion-sponsored webinar, on July 27 at 2 p.m. EDT, is titled, "New Developments for Mass Production of Epoxy Automotive Composites."SAMPE Europe Conference & Exhibition to take place in Belgium CompositesWorld
The program consists of a broad range of lectures with the focus on advanced processing and materials engineering.