As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.
German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.
Among the winners and finalists, a wide range of technologies demonstrate composites’ benefits for ground transportation.
As we celebrate National Composites Week, here are just a few of the many ways the composites industry is working to improve our lives.
Highlights from the Composites Convention 2019, June 12-13, in Stade, Germany, organized by CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V, and the German Aerospace Center’s 5th Colloquium on Production Technology, on May 15, in Augsburg.
LANXESS rear seat shell showcases the company’s continuous-fiber-reinforced composites role in large-scale production of structural components for automotive.
The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.
Results reviewed at SAMPE 2019 show new materials and side-by-side comparisons of thermoset, thermoplastic, HP-RTM and press-forming, including PtFS molding cell.
The project’s aim was to produce a lighter, composite version of an aluminum Audi engine brace, with a more aesthetic molded shape.
At JEC World 2019, Engel Austria is presenting its technologies for organomelt processing, in-situ polymerization, HP-RTM and flow molding with SMC.
The challenge for composites use to grow in the automotive industry is making the advantages of autocomposites appealing not only to OEMs, but to car consumers.
Aircraft and autos have indeed faced CFRP production woes, but new tech opens door for both.
A team of automotive researchers are engaged in a four-year project with goals of building a lighter, 100% recyclable, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic door.
The winners will be announced on Nov. 6, 2019 during the 49th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
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A company’s bio-based, polyamide composite comes with a unique property profile that may help it carve a niche in automotive applications.
The composites industry, in general, continued to show health and growth, powered particularly by the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors.
Highlights from the December 2018 Carbon Fiber conference include industry leader predictions about commoditization of composites, next-generation aircraft and automotive.
Columnist Dale Brosius predicts 2019 will reveal growth opportunities in infrastructure, wind energy and personal air mobility for composites.
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign Pop.Up Next model flies and drives at Amsterdam Drone Week.
Project leads to development of new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates.
The 1,500-square-meter expansion to the Brilon, Germany facility increases production of the continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites by 50%.
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The 2018 AVK Innovation Awards were presented at the International Composites Congress (ICC) on Nov 5, chosen from more than 50 submissions.
Multifunctional chassis design and novel composites processes enable lighter, longer-range, safer electric vehicles.
CW Editor Jeff Sloan predicts a tipping point for autocomposites after attending this year’s Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (SPE ACCE).
Voith’s VRA technology for CFRP production lines is said to reduce waste and thus material costs by depositing carbon fibers close to the final shape.
The trend shows cast and 3D printed metal, but fiber-reinforced composites offer the potential for multifunctional structures.