11 May 2001
11 May 2001
The growing demand for automobiles in China, India and Eastern Europe added to the West's continuing affection for the SUV and the light truck are challenging the efforts of current automotive technology to reduce fuel consumption and its effect upon global warming.
Now XCORP, a California transportation research company, has developed a chassis designed to bring the Next Generation Automobile to the world. XCORP's breakthrough one-piece chassis/body incorporates an all-digital design, manufacturing and distribution system.
It is a highly conformable automotive packaging and assembly technology utilizing modular, self-assembly and advanced polymer molding technologies. The chassis is composed of Ematerial, a Poly-Metal-Matrix Composite (PMMC) utilizing metal foam technology, which combines aluminum's high strength-to-weight characteristics and plastic's low cost moldability, bringing a new level of affordable performance and efficiency to the automotive world. XCORP's new lightweight chassis/body promises to revolutionize the automobile bringing affordable, design-adaptable, clean, crashworthy, recyclable personal transportation to the world.
The company has formed the Advanced Vehicle Alliance (AVA), which includes NASA-FAR WEST and several private companies, in an effort to prototype a full- size electric-intensive automotive platform. AVA is seeking companies, government and academia that would like to change the face of the automotive industry; organizations that are committed to providing alternative fuel solutions in order to protect our environment.
Dura Composites has expanded its Dura Deck range to include Dura Deck Resist, a co-extruded decking board with an innovative 360 degree outer angle which protects its core from the elements, as well as a new and improved Dura Deck Eco.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has partnered with Composites Australia to provide Australian civil and composite engineers with access to the latest knowledge on an innovative reinforcing solution to the costly corrosion of concrete infrastructure.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.