16 August 2011
16 August 2011
Audi has created the concept for an electric urban car, benefitting from lightweight CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic).
The car has 1+1 seats, free-standing wheels with protective plate and, according to Audi, the technology in the concept reflects their full capabilities, especially when it comes to ultra-lightweight construction. They explain that the cockpit consists of CFRP, which integrates the undercarriage of both seats. The car was designed to combine elements of a racing car, a roadster, a fun car and an urban car into one concept.
Audi say they based the development of their concept car on strict principles of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction. They recently partnered with Voith to promote industrialisation of fiber-reinforced materials through developing a highly automated process chain for high-volume automotive production.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.