1991-02-01

Development of FRP Rear Axle Components 910888

The various stages of development for a composite rear axle will be illustrated. Starting with the verification of the industrial applicability of fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) in the automobile and the substitution of individual components, a design concept for an integrated composite rear axle will be explained.A description will be given of the design, manufacture and testing of CFRP spring links made by hand laminating process, filament winding and thermoforming of long fibre-reinforced thermoplastics.The following development stage is the design of a leaf spring link which combines the load bearing function of the spring link with the spring-loaded property of a helical spring.A first design concept for an FRP rear axle will be presented.

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