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Teijin Aramid has announced that its para-aramid fibre Twaron will be deployed in the solar-powered vehicles of the KU Leuven and University of Michigan teams taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Teijin says it intends to strengthen its ability to deliver technological solutions in fields such as weight reduction and battery efficiency in order to meet the expected growth in worldwide demand for electric vehicles.
The KU Leuven team of Belgium is using Twaron-based parts above the tracking box and in the driver safety canopy to allow the vehicle to send and receive electromagnetic signals, enabling more precise communication and the monitoring of signal transceivers. The University of Michigan team is using Twaron to reinforce the undercarriage of its vehicle, utilising the material’s abrasion resistance and high strength-to-weight ratio. Toho Tenax America, the Teijin Group’s US-based carbon fibre business, is providing its Tenax carbon fibre to both teams.
Teijin also supplies materials and technologies to the Kogakuin University Solar Team in Japan, and provides technical support in the areas of structural design, moulding and on-the-spot backup during races. Ultra-lightweight fabric made with Tenax carbon fibre, Panlite polycarbonate (PC) resin and Technora para-aramid fibre prepreg are used to reduce the vehicle’s body weight.
A biennial event, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was inaugurated in 1987. This year’s race on 8-15 October will be the 14th in the series.
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