TECABS Demonstrates High Production CFRP for Automotive Body Structures

20 August 2004

Tests produced from a TECAB project represent an important step towards wider use of structural composites in the automotive industry.

With the completion of the manufacturing and testing of a full-scale RTM-produced carbon fibre floorpan with an estimated 50% weight and 70% part count reduction over functionally equivalent steel structures, the TECABS project has successfully validated its material, manufacturing, simulation and design technologies for a composite body-in-white concept within the constraints of an existing A00 type car.

The technologies used in the prototype floorpan - the largest structural automotive part of its kind - allow for a production scenario of 50 units/day, one order of magnitude higher than currently feasible for long-fibre carbon composite structures in cars.

Though not yet ready for application in full-scale production of mass produced cars, the results generated by the TECABS project represent an important step towards wider use of structural composites in the automotive industry.

The TECABS (Technologies For Carbon Fibre Reinforced Modular Automotive Body Structures) project is a leading EU project on advanced composite materials for the automotive industry, funded under the GROWTH programme of the European Commission and involving three European automotive OEMS (Volkswagen, Volvo and Renault), as well as four major suppliers and seven major academic research institutes in the field of lightweight materials for the automotive industry.

To coincide with the official end of the project, the TECABS consortium organises a session to share the project results with international press, which will hosted by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and start at 14:00h on September 1st 2004 in the auditorium of the Arenberg castle. The session will showcase the project results and provides the opportunity to discuss these with representatives from the project partners.

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