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The road to success in carbon composites for the automotive market
wider acceptance of carbon
composites in mass markets.
Perhaps the biggest trend in
the automotive industry is
the development of transformative technologies and
material systems for making
carbon fibre parts for mass
volume vehicles. The future
will not play out the same
way for every segment of the
automotive industry or type
of application or material,
so suppliers need to develop
a suitable strategy and road
map to drive success in their
business. There is a greater
need for innovations to increase carbon composites
adoption.
As far as the production of
composites is concerned,
increased focus is on the
development of shorter cycle times for composite part
fabrication. OEMs and Tier
1 suppliers use different
manufacturing processes like
compression moulding, resin transfer moulding (RTM),
injection moulding, vacuum
infusion, and prepreg layup to produce composite
parts. Currently, there is a

shift taking place while part
fabricators are transitioning
from slow-cycle to faster-cycle resin infusion processes.
There is also a greater shift
taking place in the automation of composite processes
to minimize labour content
and increase batch-to-batch
quality in part fabrication.
Recycling
There is a greater need
than ever before to address
the recycling of composite
parts if they are to be used
in mainstream applications.
For example, automakers are
reluctant to use composites
in a major way until the recycling issue is addressed.
To promote recycling, automotive OEMs such as
BMW and Ford are already
using recycled carbon fibre
in automotive part fabrications. For example, recycled carbon fibre is used by
BMW in the fabrication of
roof panels and by Ford for
the fabrication of an engine
cam cover. Many companies
are seriously looking into
investing in recycling tech-

nologies to address market
needs. Those companies that
act quickly will exploit new
product niches and recycling
technologies. There is a clear
demand for recycled carbon
fibre.
Repair
Repairing composites is a
major challenge that needs
to be addressed for wider
acceptance in mass vehicle
platforms.
Simulation/modelling
There is a greater need for
the simulation of automotive
part design and manufacture. Auto engineers have
well-developed simulation
software for designing parts
with steel and aluminium,
whereas such development
is lacking with composites.
During interviews, some
of the GM and Volkswagen
managers emphasized simulation as the number one priority in order to increase the
acceptance of composites in
various vehicle platforms.
There is a great demand for
design, manufacturing and

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cost modelling software for
the prediction of composite
part quality, performance
and cost.

Conclusion
In conclusion, there will
be a significant amount of
opportunities in future for
making money through simulation, recycling, repair and
lightweight
technologies.
To capture future growth
and find profit from these
opportunities, OEMs, Tier
1 suppliers, and material
suppliers cannot simply turn
to their traditional toolbox.
Instead, they need to review
the opportunity and adjust
their priorities, deploy the
appropriate investments and
resources, and develop new
skills and technologies to execute these strategic objectives. If all major players in
the industry work together
- OEMs, part fabricators and
material suppliers - the future will be bright for CFRP
materials.
More information:
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #107 - August/September 2016

Cover
Edito
OPINION
internet of things
Contents
NEWS
In Brief
Agenda
JEC Conferences 2017
EXPERIENCE COMPOSITES
Innovations
Interview
CCEV
Symposium
BUSINESS
Outlook
Automotive
MANUFACTURING
Injection
Hybrid Structures
Robotics
Total production optimization
Company visit
FEATURED TRANSPORTATION : What share for composites in transportation?
Biocomposites
Railway
Design
Tanks
Truck
Public transportation
SOLUTIONS
Construction
Parasports
Sailing
Watersports
In the world
TECHNOLOGY
Reaction kinetics
Index
Software
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