Eurecat is looking at improvements in the mechanical properties of composites for cars
Researchers at the technological centre are studying the hybridization of reinforcing yarns and fabrics and the introduction of microwaves to improve the manufacturing cycle.
They expect growth in manufacturing with composites, given their high performance in car and air transport.
Barcelona/Nantes, 9 November 2016.- Researchers at the Eurecat technological centre (member of Tecnio) are studying the hybridization of reinforcing yarns and fabrics to improve the mechanical properties of composite materials, with the aim of facilitating their application in the car industry and even in the aeronautical industry.
Specifically, researchers are testing the hybridization of reinforcing yarns in a composite structural component in which RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) technology has been used and the introduction of microwaves to reduce curing times with the aim of improving manufacturing cycle times.
“The RTM process which is used in aeronautics and other high value added sectors may be a potential technology for the car sector”, which needs “innovations that allow advanced production processes, viable from a cost point of view, for the manufacturing of parts with advanced features in terms of low weight and resistance”, explains María Eugenia Rodríguez, the manager of the Composites Unit at Eurecat.
Eurecat is presenting the innovation this week at the Composites Meeting trade fair in Nantes, where you can also see the Cofrare 2.0 solution, a Resin Transfer Moulding application that the technological centre is developing to manufacture structural parts for regional aircraft within Cleasky 2.
At the trade fair, Eurecat is also presenting light structural parts made from heat stable thermoplastic composite developed by press forming technology, in a process that the technological centre has designed. They have manufactured the moulds and adapted the methodology to form the various different materials in complex geometries.
According to the Eurecat researcher, innovation in composite materials “may be key for the car sector” in providing an answer “to the legal requirements to reduce emissions by 2020, as well as the demand for light and robust materials in electric vehicles”.
“We expect the consumption of polymeric matrix composites will double in less than three years”, given that their features offer “great interest for the aviation, land, railway and naval transport sector”, adds Rodríguez.