Composite and Advanced Materials Analysis
The growing usage of composite and advanced materials has opened up a new area of analysis.
With increasing demand on fuel economy improvement and emission control, there is great deal of interest in using advanced materials to produce lightweight vehicles. The advanced materials include advanced high strength steels, non-ferrous alloys, such as aluminum, magnesium and titanium alloys, and a variety of composites, including carbon fiber composites, metal matrix composites and nano-composites.
Advanced composite materials, including reinforced thermoplastics and carbon-based composites are designed, processed and utilized in today’s vehicles. This has opened up a new area of analysis – including composite design, modeling, testing and failure analysis. Existing composite materials and future developments in automotive material technology are all aimed towards reducing the weight of the vehicle structure.
The automotive industry faces many challenges, including the reduction in costs and tighter environmental and safety requirements. The materials used in automotive engineering play key roles in overcoming these issues: ultimately lighter materials mean lighter vehicles and lower emissions. Composites are being used increasingly in the automotive industry due to their strength, quality and light weight.
One of the performance challenges when using automotive composite materials, and in particular thermoplastic glass fiber composite plus over-molding resin, is meeting stiffness requirements for automotive applications at elevated temperatures.
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