Composites-intensive masterwork: 2020 Corvette, Part 2

Innovative composite materials trim mass, costs and noise on the high-volume mid-engine sports car
#focusondesign #sheetmoldingcompound #precursor

Carbon Fibers

DOE announces funding for projects supporting composites for vehicle applications

Composite recipients Ford and GM will develop a multi-functional cross-car beam and volume manufacturing of structural battery enclosures.
#electricvehicles #iacmi #ford


Corvette, yesterday and today

The Corvette has changed much in 67 years, but its appeal is enduring.
#editorial #generalmotors

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
#workforcedevelopment #787 #electricvehicles


SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition 2020 transitions into virtual event

The virtual ACCE will be held Sept. 9-11, 2020 — the dates it was originally planned for — and will include technical sessions, sponsorship and exhibit options and online networking opportunities.


Composites-intensive masterwork: 2020 Corvette, Part 1

Eighth-generation vehicle sports more composites, and features parts produced using unique materials and processes.
#weaving #discontinuousfiber #outofautoclave


Racing to build tomorrow’s automotive composites workforce

Recent graduates share experiences gained from collegiate automotive design, engineering and motorsport competition Formula SAE.
#sustainability #chrysler #generalmotors


Material choices for the Corvette rear bumper beam

From fabrics to resins, a number of new combinations of materials went into the making of the world’s first curved pultruded automotive part.
#weaving #adhesives #outofautoclave

Glass Fibers

Curve in the road: First curved pultruded auto parts

Thomas Technik + Innovation KG’s radius pultrusion process unlocks new possibilities for the automotive market and beyond.
#generalmotors #infrastructure #medical


Composites fare well at 2020 PACE Awards

This year’s automotive supplier award winners included composite bumper beam, liftgate and pickup box applications.  
#discontinuousfiber #generalmotors #hprtm


Curved pultrusions enter production

Corvette CFRP rear bumper beam is the auto industry’s first use of new technology.
#workinprogress #adhesives #generalmotors


Greener camping: Sonic X breaks barriers

Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.
#marketing #electricvehicles #generalmotors


SPE issues call for scholarship, award nominations

The SPE Automotive Division is looking for nominations for this year’s Automotive Innovation Awards and ACCE student scholarship recipients. 

Carbon Fibers

The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.
#perspectives-and-provocations #discontinuousfiber #outofautoclave


The markets: Fuels cells and batteries (2020)

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured, and so will the market there for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.
#generalmotors #polyacrylonitrile #generalaviation

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The markets: Automotive (2020)

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.
#discontinuousfiber #electricvehicles #honda


SPE ACCE issues call for papers for 2020 conference

Paper abstracts are due April 17, 2020, and final papers or non-commercial presentations are due June 19, 2020.
#generalmotors #sustainability #adhesives


Corvette: A multi-material success history

At the launch of the 2020 C8, Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the iterations of multi-material innovation in the manufacture of Corvettes over its history.
#perspectives-and-provocations #layup #outofautoclave


Vectorply carbon fiber utilized in Corvette bumper beam

Vectorply’s noncrimp carbon fiber fabrics and software were used in the development of the pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam for the 2020 Corvette Stingray.
#generalmotors #outofautoclave


Modeling & Simulation Conference: Desiloing the Design Process

Dassault event challenges industry to break barriers between designers, analysts, manufacturing and business teams.
#boeing #composites4_0 #lockheedmartin