“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]
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With 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards getting closer every day, automakers are getting innovative with the materials used in today’s cars to achieve lightweighting. Steady technological advances are allowing non-traditional materials to be used in more significant parts of vehicles than ever before. Composites are one of the non-traditional materials that are a […]
Daydreaming about golf season? Us too, especially because of all the buzz around the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held last month. What’s the connection there? Carbon fiber composites, which interestingly have a large role in golf clubs, automotive parts and lightweighting. During NAIAS Ford Motor Company, Honda, VW and Toyota announced their plans […]
Envision two car hoods – one made of steel and one made of a carbon fiber reinforced composite, a lightweight material. Could you tell which one was the lightest without lifting it? Probably not – this is because carbon fiber reinforced composites are similar in appearance to their steel rival, yet maintain their strength and […]
Adhesives Enable Adoption of New Lightweight Material Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) are set to bring the lightweighting revolution to auto showrooms around the world. Once found only on ultra-expensive super cars, CFRPs – with lightweight, high strength-to-weight ratio and rigidity – are moving into new and exciting places. Take for example the BMW i3 electric crossover vehicle, […]
Frost & Sullivan predicts the automotive carbon fiber composites market will grow from $14.7 million in 2010 to $95.5 million by 2017. Lightweighting is one of the reasons. It’s easy to understand why when you consider carbon fiber reinforced composites can take 40 to 60 percent of weight out of automotive components. The trick is […]