JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 42

rear axles

Innovative front
suspension for hybrid cars

By

Hutchinson is one of the few thermoplastics/composites players
that not only does its own part design and manufacturing, but
also formulates its own materials. The group works on further
integration opportunities with new-generation composites.
Visitors at the last JEC Europe in Paris could discover, among
other things, a new one-piece composite axle.

Bertrand Florentz
Director, Composites Technical Centre
Hutchinson

T

he group develops a new generationof composites that meet customers' performance criteria and
satisfy the need for high-output production in the aerospace and automotive
industries. These high-performance
composites are ultra-light, strong, more
environment friendly, cost effective, and
also highly innovative. At Hutchinson,
innovation is part and parcel of the
approach. Approaching the design of
a composite part by integrating a large
number of functions makes the use of
composites all the more attractive from
the cost viewpoint.

Front suspension
Hutchinson worked with Peugeot and
Total to develop the front and rear
axles for the hybrid Peugeot 208 FE.
This solution is totally made of composites and integrates four functions: the
suspension (eliminating the need for
springs), the wheel guide (eliminating
the need for wishbones), roll control
and damping of road vibrations and
rolling noise.

This new solution meets the builder's
strict requirements and drastically
reduces the weight of the suspension
function, by 13.6 kg. This is consistent
with the weight reduction strategy
adopted by auto builders to comply
with European regulations, which stipulate <95g CO2/km by 2020, with even
stricter requirements to come. In terms
of architectural gain, the part is more
compact, and this technology enables
a one-step assembly process, instead of
the usual 12 steps.

A high-tech technical centre
The CTeC (Composites Technical
Centre), which opened in 2014 as part
of the Hutchinson Research Centre,
also works on other integrated parts to
reduce manufacturing cycle times for
the parts and their weight. This is the
case for the innovative cockpit developed in collaboration with Airbus, for
example. In 2014, the cockpit won a
JEC Innovation Award in the Design
category. At this year's JEC Europe
show, Hutchinson presented self-supporting composite modules for future
aircraft cockpits. The carbon fibre
parts are thinner, lighter, and meet the

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RTM composite blade (glass/epoxy)

most demanding safety standards. They
are produced using new fireproof resins
and one-shot manufacturing processes.
Hutchinson also offers new weightsaving solutions such as an "under-thefloor module" for the pre-assembly of
water/air/power systems, 50% lighter
thermoplastic composite air conditioning ducts and carbon-fibre-reinforced
plastic (CFRP) aircraft fuel systems.
These ultra-lightweight, more environment-friendly, high-performance composite solutions are the answer expected
by automotive and aircraft manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption and
harmful emissions. n
More information:
www.hutchinson.fr


http://www.hutchinson.fr

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015

Cover
Edito
Point of view : business development
Contents
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In brief
Cluster
SME
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sports & leisure
Safety
Sports & leisure
MARKET
Resins
FEATURE AUTOMOTIVE
Materials
Binder
Additive
CFRP
Epoxy
Hybrid polymer
QSP
CRTP
Rear axles
Tanks
Engines
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Fractography
Recycling
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Ancillary product
Vision system
Nano
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Cover
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Point of view : business development
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 5
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Contents
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 7
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Cluster
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - SME
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 11
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Sports & leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Safety
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Sports & leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ad1
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ad2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 19
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Resins
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 24
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Binder
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Additive
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - CFRP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Epoxy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Hybrid polymer
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - QSP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - CRTP
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 40
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Rear axles
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Tanks
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Engines
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Fractography
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Ancillary product
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Vision system
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Nano
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 59
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #98 - July/August 2015 - 60
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