04 June 2013
04 June 2013
Hexcel customer, Corima, manufactured the wheels on which Vincenzo Nibali rode to glory for the Astana team in the Giro D’Italia, one of the major cycling Grand Tours.
Corima’s AERO+ MCC is a 100% carbon-fibre wheel for road bikes produced using a complete composite process. The wheel rim, spokes and hub are made from Hexcel’s HexPly carbon fibre prepregs, using unidirectional (UD) reinforcements as well as Hexcel’s lightweight, gap-free carbon fabric, PrimeTex.
Hexcel says that the use of their composites results in a very high-performance wheel that weighs in at only 1kg for a pair. The low density of carbon fibre in the prepreg is an advantage, ensuring a very accurate weight distribution and providing a light rim with good rotation inertia. Very high levels of stiffness are achieved, enhancing performance and the mechanical properties of the UD carbon prepreg make it possible to use only 12 spokes for both the front and rear wheels, for an aerodynamic design.
Hexcel and Corima have worked in partnership for over 20 years.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
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CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.