As the need to enhance fuel efficiency and improve overall vehicle performance gains more momentum, auto makers are increasingly looking for alternative materials that have higher strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance and flexibility.
Carbon fiber fits the bill perfectly. Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), to be precise, are finding wide acceptance in the auto making sector. To demonstrate the growing obsession with CFRP, here is a quick comparison: Carbon fiber has 5X more strength than steel and 2X more stiffness, but is lighter than steel, making it the ideal manufacturing material for several car components. No wonder automobile designers and engineers simply love carbon fiber!
Greater stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight-to-strength ratio, high chemical resistance, superb temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion are some of the many physical-chemical properties of carbon fibers that make them ideal for use in automotive manufacturing.
Scope and applicability
Drive Shafts, Suspension Control Arms, Structural Braces, Crash Structures, Seat Structures are the components/parts that are primarily manufactured using CFRP.
Benefits of CFRP in auto manufacturing
- Lower weight
- Greater fuel efficacy
- Reduced vibrations
- Better corrosion resistance
- Sleek look with superior finishes
Though the use of CFRP is primarily limited to hi-end luxury cars and racing cars, the day is not far when these magic materials will be used in mainstream passenger car production. As per an industry report, the average car will now incorporate nearly 350 kilograms of plastics – which is an appreciable increase from the average of 200 kg in 2014.
Catering to car makers with the right composite
Bhor Industries has put in place hi-end processes for making carbon composites, backed by the capability to quickly scale fiber production as well as uphold long-term price and supply commitments. To know more about how we can assist and support you in your automotive production program, please call 9822298222 for details.