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Boston SAMPE to highlight advanced composite driver-side commercial passenger car door project

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The featured project is an example of an automated low-cycle time solution that enables composites to become a viable alternative to metals in high rate automotive manufacturing.


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The Boston chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is holding a meeting on April 25, which will feature a presentation of a new advanced composite passenger car door project as an example of how automated process technologies, along with suitable resin enable composites can support high volume automotive production.

About the project

TPI Composites (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.)  and SAMPE partners Hexion (Columbus, Ohio, U.S.), Krauss-Maffei (Munich, Germany), and the University of Delaware (Newark, Dela., U.S.), have completed the design of an advanced composite driver-side commercial passenger car door that targets a 42.5 percent weight savings and less than a $5 USD cost increase for every pound of weight saved in the door. The program includes the development of manufacturing processes, fabrication of tooling and component molding and assembly of multiple doors for demonstration of manufacturing rate, cost and suitability for use in a full-scale automotive application. The main door components are manufactured using both high pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) and liquid compression molding (LCM).

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