JEC World 2018 preview: Williams Advanced Engineering
Breakthrough processes in composite materials, process and battery technology demonstrated in FW-EVX lightweight electric vehicle platform
Williams’ engineers have developed a highly automated, near zero-waste process to create fiber-reinforced suspension components that provide up to 40% weight reduction over a conventional aluminum wishbone but at comparable cost.
This is just one example of the technologies it has developed in response to the automotive industry’s search for solutions as it transitions from the internal combustion engine to a fully electric future. Williams Advanced Engineering has reimagined how electric vehicles (EVs) are designed and constructed. This new approach is designed to make EVs lighter, safer and greener, with longer range and better performance. The concept features several innovations in battery pack design, cooling systems and lightweight structures, which have been cleverly integrated into a single, scalable platform. All of these will be highlighted at the Williams booth in Hall 6, Stand S72 at JEC World 2018 (Mar 6-8, Paris, France).
The company has also developed novel composites processing, see CW’s blog “Fold-to-form CFRP battery boxes”.
Ahead of the show, Iain Bomphray, chief technology specialist - Lightweight Structures, will speak at the JEC Leadership Composites Circle Auto event at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on the evening of Monday 5th of March. Iain will explore pioneering new processes to address scale and volume challenges.
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