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Huntsman Drives Sustainability with Record Breaking Vehicle

  • Monday, 21st March 2011
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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.


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