University of MI Solar Car
The project was sponsored by Teijin, which supplied carbon fiber and aramid materials for the vehicle.
CAMX 2018 had no shortage of eye candy for those amazed by sleek, lightweight vehicles. From Formula One cars to sports cars to bobsleds, there were plenty of fun composite applications on display. CW had the opportunity to interview members of the University of MI solar car team during the show. The project was sponsored by Teijin (Tokyo, Japan), which supplied carbon fiber and aramid materials for the vehicle. The car took second place in the American Solar Challenge and the team has its sites set on the World Solar Challenge in 2019.
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.
A look at the process by which precursor becomes carbon fiber through a careful (and mostly proprietary) manipulation of temperature and tension.
Approaching rollout and first flight, the 787 relies on innovations in composite materials and processes to hit its targets