1996-04-01

Future Trends in Applications of Structural Composite for Automotive 91A097

The paper outlines the future trends for structural applications of composite in automotive. RTM, SMC and S-RIM seem to be the most promising technologies in this field. Parts made with epoxy resins in resin transfer molding technology have very good mechanical properties that allow them to be suitable for chassis applications coupled with steel parts. The SMC compounded with Derakane resin shows very good qualities in terms of temperature resistance and a reasonable high volume of production. The last technology rising is the S- RIM that seems to be very promising because of its short cycle time coupled with mechanical properties. Several examples of applications of these different technologies are showed in the paper; some of those are already in production some others are in an advanced phase of development.

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