21 March 2011
21 March 2011
Working in partnership with Huntsman Advanced Materials, the National Institute of Applied Science and Paul Sabatier University have designed and manufactured a lightweight, energy efficient vehicle.
The TIM 05 demonstrates the possibilities of making a vehicle using environmentally sustainable components, weighing just 27kg and running on bio-ethanol fuel.
To maximise its performance and achieve the best power-to-weight ratio, the students and professors involved in the project decided to use composite materials in designing the TIM 05.
The body, made of a sandwich of polystyrene and silk reinforced with carbon, and the chassis, made from unidirectional carbon and foam laminate are laminated by hand lay-up process with Araldite LY 5052 / Aradur 5052. This low viscosity epoxy resin was selected for its handling behaviour, mechanical and dynamic properties. Araldite 2011, a two component epoxy adhesive was also used to bond many other details on the vehicle.
In the Shell Eco-marathon 2010, the TIM 05 was awarded the Technical Innovation prize and as a result of covering 3350km per litre of fuel, set a world record for a vehicle running on bio-ethanol.
One of the most respected and successful names in motorsport is working with lightweighting and materials researchers at the AMRC to advance its processes for manufacturing recyclable composite components that extend useful lifetimes and reduce tooling costs.
Kordsa, operating in tire, construction reinforcement and composites technologies market with its mission ‘We Reinforce Life’, has launched a new campaign with the slogan ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’.
Chomarat is developing its Coatings & Films business at its French sites. The Group has just acquired an extruder and a graining line to increase its production capacities and develop new, more efficient solutions, particularly in the field of TPO (polyolefin thermoplastics).