Thermoplastic composites breakthrough
Posted on 01/05/2015 by IED
Researchers are on the verge of a breakthrough that will allow for the wide-scale use of thermoplastic composites in the automotive industry. The light yet strong materials are rigid, and also sustainable and recyclable.
Researchers at the ThermoPlastic Composite Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, the Netherlands, report that they have overcome the final hurdle of designing practically faultless components and to make the process for doing so predictable. This makes it possible to determine at an early stage of the design process whether a component can be manufactured at all, satisfying the two biggest requirements of the automotive industry, namely weight reduction and reduced costs.