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Fig. 6: Bending stiffness and weight performance of different material options: monolithic metal sheet,
monolithic organic sheet and thermoplastic composite-based honeycomb panel. Thanks to the fully-integrated ThermHex technology, cost savings of the honeycomb solution follow the weight savings

this in order to compensate for the lower
modulus of organic sheets compared to
metals. In addition, the cost efficiency
of the composite technology remains a
challenge. The combination of a thermoplastic honeycomb core and thermoplastic
composite skins allows to achieve complex
part shapes by thermoforming and this at
a very competitive rigidity-to-weight ratio.
Furthermore, even though the over-moulding of functional elements (e.g. connection
points) into a complex thermoformed part
has been proven for the honeycomb panel,
generally no over-moulded stiffening ribs
are needed as the sandwich panel construction itself delivers enhanced rigidity by
mechanical principles.

Cost efficiency
Regarding cost, the continuous, fully-automated production process for honeycombs integrated with in-line lamination
of composite skins sets the production
costs at a level allowing for competition
with metals and other monolithic material solutions. There is also unique design
freedom attached to the sandwich concept:
by inserting thicker and thicker low-density
cores in-between skins of relatively low and
constant weight, increasingly higher rigidity levels can be achieved at virtually no
weight and cost penalty (figure 6).

of sense. The continuous fibre-reinforced
thermoplastics deliver very good impact
resistance while the low-density thermoplastic honeycomb offers a side effect of
thermal insulation due to blocking of air
convection in the small honeycomb cells.
This fits the needs of applications in trucks
and trailers very well. Yet another interesting perspective due to the continuous
process is the production of single-piece
composite trailer panels at lengths over 13
metres and widths of approximately 3 metres, which correspond to the dimensions
of a typical trailer wall (figure 7).

Promising potential
Looking back to the automotive industry, it
appears that the combination of continuous glass filaments and a PP matrix in the
skin layers with a PP honeycomb core
has potential to outperform the popular
(especially in the trunk compartment)
technology of polyurethane-glass fibrepaper honeycomb sandwich developed

Fig. 7: Lightweight honeycomb design of trucks
and trailers offers enhanced fuel economy and
contributes to thermal insulation (Source: jonson/
shutterstock.com & Podsolnukh/shutterstock.com)

in the last century. The advantage of the
thermoset-based system has always been
the weight and cost position whereas
recyclability, processing and sensitivity to
humidity were the key challenges. Based on
a preliminary evaluation, the thermoplastic
sandwich offers not only higher rigidity at
a lower weight but also features very good,
short-cycle processability by thermoforming and the possibility to integrate acoustic
absorption functionalities.

50% weight savings
Regarding acoustics, natural fibre composites have proven to be quite capable
absorbers due to their air permeability. Automotive interior applications appreciate
this function as much as the industry does

Truck and trailer applications
In view of the trends in the transportation
segment, cost and weight reduction being
in first place, the technology of organicsheet-based honeycomb panels makes a lot

Fig. 8: Door insert based on a natural fibre composite-faced honeycomb sandwich - Over 50% weight saved
compared to conventional solutions

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016

Cover
Edito
Point of view : Lamborghini
Contents
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In brief
Acquisition
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sports & leisure
Sustainable construction
MARKET
Global
Europe
SPECIAL JEC WORLD 2016
Conferences
End-users
Automotive
Awards
Basalt
Engineering
Performing
Strategy
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Joining
Testing
Impact resistance
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Wind
Software
Epoxy
Repair
Thermoplastic
Sandwich
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Point of view : Lamborghini
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Ad1
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Ad3
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 11
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 12
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Acquisition
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Sports & leisure
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Sustainable construction
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Global
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Europe
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - SPECIAL JEC WORLD 2016
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Conferences
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 31
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - End-users
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Automotive
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Awards
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 46
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Basalt
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Engineering
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Performing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 61
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 62
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Strategy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 65
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 66
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 67
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 68
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 69
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Joining
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 72
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 73
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 74
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 75
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Testing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 78
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 80
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Impact resistance
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 84
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 85
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Wind
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 87
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Software
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 89
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 90
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Epoxy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 92
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 93
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Repair
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 95
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Thermoplastic
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 97
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 98
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 99
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 100
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Sandwich
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 102
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 103
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 104
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 105
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - 107
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