In the automotive sector, steel is still the dominant construction material. The range of materials applied in future cars will, however, be broader than we see in current ones. The sector of non-ferrous applications is expected to grow, as well as the use of polymers and composites. But these changes do not happen overnight, they [...]
Professor John Kieffer’s group at the University of Michigan are studying nanoparticle polymer composites both experimentally and computationally. They are focussed on the role that the interface plays in the properties of the composites. They use laser spectroscopy methods to characterise the materials.
Phil Hall, Managing Director of Caterham Composites, discusses some of the challenges involved in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre composites for the automotive and aerospace markets. During the interview, Phil reveals details of a joint project conducted with Altair regarding the optimisation of a composite coach roof for the Alex Thomson Racing Yacht.
Dr Jörg Pohlman from SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers speaks to Altair ProductDesign about the the company’s partnership with BMW and the use of composite materials on the i3 and i8 vehicles.
Frédérique Mutel President and CEO, JEC Group and Lars Lindstedt, Business Project Manager of Composite Machining, Sandvik Coromant share their views on global trends in the composite sector. Composite materials are more and more common in industries like aerospace, automotive, and construction. Their use is expected to increase, both in mature and emerging markets.