Could carbon-fiber electric-vehicle bodies double as ‘mass-less’ batteries?

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Batteries future Carbon Fiber researchAutomakers seem to be in agreement that the ‘skateboard’ location for heavy battery packs—low and wide beneath the passenger floor—is the ideal layout for electric vehicles. Decades from now that might not be the case. Researchers in Sweden have examined the possibility of using the vehicle shell as a battery casing.

Carbon fiber from plants close to carbon-neutral? Scientists hopeful

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When it comes to materials with the most promise in automotive applications, carbon fiber and graphene each rank high on the list. Unlike graphene, however, real-world carbon fiber applications exist today—and they're helping automakers reduce the weight of cars coming tomorrow. Manufacturing Carbon Fiber research and development materials weight reduction Lightweight

Study links carbon fiber microstructure to Li insertion mechanism in structural batteries

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Carbon fibers have already beeen demonstrated as high-capacity Li-ion battery anodes, opening the way for their use as structural electrodes—i.e., The researchers studied the microstructure of different types of commercially available carbon fibers.

Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. The actual carbon fibers themselves are fabricated at Moses Lake, after which they’re flown to Germany, where they’re processed into lightweight fabrics in Wackersdorf.

3D printing with high-performance carbon fiber

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have become the first to 3D-print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, opening the door to greater control and optimization of the lightweight, yet stronger than steel material.

Yamaha Sports Ride: Carbon-Fiber Structure From Designer Gordon Murray

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Tokyo Motor Show Carbon Fiber Gordon Murray Gordon Murray Design YamahaWhen it comes to car design, Gordon Murray has had a highly varied career. He designed the McLaren F1 supercar, as well as the lightweight Rocket single-seat sports car and numerous race cars. Throughout his career, Murray has always emphasized lightweight construction in his designs, and his latest work is no different. DON'T MISS: Tokyo Motor.

Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

Danish startup produces carbon-fiber lightweight chassis

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Danish start-up ECOmove has developed a technology which it says makes it possible to manufacture a carbon-fiber chassis without using special equipment. ECOmove calls its carbon-fiber technology Qstrung.

PNNL leads team to accelerate development of affordable carbon fiber composites

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This approach should speed the development of more economical carbon fiber materials. While stronger and lighter than steel, carbon fiber composites are relatively expensive.

Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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in cooperation with Ford Motor Company, developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe which reduces mass by 34% compared to making a stamped steel equivalent. In pursuit of lower vehicle weight to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, Magna International Inc.,

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

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Carbon fiber You probably don''t think about your car''s wheels that much, but to state the exceedingly obvious they''re an essential part of every car.

U Kentucky CAER receives $1M for carbon fiber research

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Department of Energy (DOE) grant to continue their research in developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber. The center’s Carbon Materials Technologies Group received the award for a project titled “Precursor Processing Development for Low Cost, High Strength Carbon Fiber for Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Applications.” The center is home to the largest carbon fiber spinline at any university in North America.

Lux: carbon fiber to go mainstream in automobiles by 2025

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Driven by a faster-than-expected pace of technology development, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will be poised to gain widespread adoption for automotive lightweighting by 2025, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Scaling Up Carbon Fiber: Roadmap to Automotive Adoption.”. Advances already underway in fiber, resin and composite part production will lead to a $6 billion market for automotive CFRPs in 2020, more than double Lux’s earlier projection.

SGL Group inaugurates carbon fiber precursor line in Portugal

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SGL Group has inaugurated the production line for carbon-fiber precursor at its FISIPE site in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. The carbon fibers will then be used in various applications in the automotive, aerospace, as well as in other industries.

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile; carbon fibers from renewable biomass

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Today, acrylonitrile is used in the production of acrylic fibers for carpets, clothes, and fabrics, and in plastics such as food containers, and packaging materials.

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Teijin to build new carbon fiber plant in US, expand precursor production in Japan

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Teijin Limited will establish a new carbon-fiber production facility in Greenwood, South Carolina, and will also form Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. TCF is expected to be incorporated this December and begin operating the new carbon-fiber production facility by the end of FY 2020. Total investment for the new carbon fiber production facility in the US and precursor capacity expansion in Japan will amount to JPY 35 billion, or approximately US$320 million.

Vitesse AuDessus introduces line of one-piece carbon-fiber wheels

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US bespoke carbon fiber workshop Vitesse AuDessus has introduced a line of one-piece, full carbon-fiber wheels. Vitesse AuDessus’s new wheels use prepreg carbon fiber fabric that is hand-laid and autoclave-cured in CNC-milled aluminum moulds, a process shared by Formula 1 race teams and Sweden-based supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg. Typical lead time for the company’s one-piece, full carbon fiber wheels is 3-4 weeks.

New high-performance foldable cathode for Li-S batteries based on 3D activated carbon fiber matrix

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A team at Sun Yat-sen University in China has developed new high-performance, stable cathode for Li-S batteries consisting of a 3D activated carbon fiber matrix (ACFC) and sulfur. A commercial foldable activated carbon fiber cloth (ACFC) was used as cathode matrix.

CarboSax: new joint venture for more sustainable carbon fiber production forms in Germany

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PD Glasseiden, a Germany-based producer of fiberglass; European Carbon Fiber GmbH; and the ForschungsCampus Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., established under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Vehicle Technology at the TU Braunschweig and Volkswagen AG have formed a joint venture— CarboSax GmbH —to pursue developing, manufacturing and distributing more sustainable carbon fibers in Germany.

Toyota using Mitsubishi Rayon’s carbon fiber SMC for hatch door frame of new Prius PHV

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Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) (which is now consolidated into Mitsubishi Chemical , along with Mitsubishi Plastis and the former Mitsubishi Chemical) recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for the rear hatch frame of the new Toyota Prius PHV.

Magna to produce carbon fiber composite body panels

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Magna Exteriors, an operating unit of Magna International, has been awarded new business to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles. Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

SGL Group acquires BMW Group’s minority interest in carbon fiber JV

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SGL Carbon SE is acquiring BMW Group’s 49% equity investment in the joint ventures SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC (US)—together referred to as SGL ACF. Carbon fibers and carbon fiber materials are at the core of SGL Group's corporate strategy. shareholding in SGL Carbon SE. In the first step, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers GmbH & Co.

Audi testing carbon-fiber exoskeleton “chairless chair” for assembly workers at Neckarsulm

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The carbon-fiber exoskeleton allows employees to sit without a chair. covered surfaces support the buttocks and thighs while two struts made of carbon?fiber?reinforced fiber?reinforced

BMW and SGL to triple production capacity at Moses Lake carbon fiber plant with $200M expansion; world’s largest carbon fiber plant

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A production line for carbon fiber takes the PAN precursor through two stages (stabilization/oxidation and carbonization) and then to winding. Due to the high demand for carbon fiber in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers , a joint venture between the BMW Group and the SGL Group, will triple the capacity of the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington. 3,000 tons of carbon fiber.

Lamborghini inaugurates new Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory carbon fiber research center in Seattle

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Automobili Lamborghini celebrated the grand opening of its new Seattle-based carbon fiber research facility, the Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL). Forged Composite is an advanced compression molding technique that utilizes carbon fiber sheet molding compounds.

ORNL team develops laser process for lower cost, more robust joining of carbon fiber and aluminum

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Researchers led by a team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new laser process that could make joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products less expensive—as well as making the joints more robust.

IACMI, DuPont and Purdue partner on automotive carbon-fiber composites

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This new IACMI project will address both of these critical areas through a fundamentally different approach to the manufacturing of carbon fiber composites versus those currently in use today. High cycle time for production of continuous carbon fiber thermoplastic composites increases costs. The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI , in partnership with DuPont Performance Materials, Fibrtec Inc.

Ford displays prototype Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic hood

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At the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Ford Motor Company displayed a prototype carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood. As a result of progress made during an on-going Hightech.NRW research project involving engineers from the Ford European Research Centre, production time for an individual carbon fiber hood is fast enough to be employed on a production line—a significant step towards increased usage of lightweight materials in Ford vehicles.

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

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Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that it will triple production of carbon fiber at its facility in Moses Lake, Washington, to use in its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shells.

Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

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Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as well. Bamboo could be the next carbon fiber, according to a new article on BBC Autos (only visible in U.S., apparently). Surfboard manufacturer Gary Young uses bamboo in his boards already, and he told the

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DOE to award up to $12M for technologies to produce renewable carbon fiber from biomass

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award ( DE-FOA-0000996 ) up to $12 million in funding to advance the development of a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. Carbon fiber composites are lightweight, yet strong, materials that can greatly improve vehicle fuel efficiency when incorporated into structural and non-structural components.

E-bike maker sees space for bare-bones electric car in congested cities

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Asia Carbon Fiber City carA Danish bicycle and e-bike company, Biomega, has shown an open-wheel concept car that takes the sculpted, less-is-more ideas of Scandinavian design to new extremes—to what may be a regulatory impossibility in the U.S. The four-seat four-wheeler, called SIN, for Singapore, appears to be aimed at some of the most congested cities in Asia.

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Research Backed By BMW Halfway To Carbon-Fiber Cost 90% Lower

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One case in point is carbon fiber, which is light and strong, but also expensive. Now, a research firm partially funded by BMW--which uses large amounts of carbon fiber in its i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid--claims to be on the verge of slashing this material''s Lightweight materials can help improve fuel efficiency, but they also add cost.

BMW Group and Boeing to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling

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The BMW Group and Boeing signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling as well as share carbon fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation. Both the BMW Group and Boeing are pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products. This collaboration agreement is a very important step forward in developing the use and end use of carbon fiber materials.

Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

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While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. Recently, BMW defended the carbon footprint of carbon fiber in a recent WardsAuto article. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material''s environmental benefit. MORE: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Electric Car The German

New grade carbon fiber from Toho Tenax for aircraft and automotive

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the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, has developed a new grade carbon fiber— TENAX XMS32—that achieves both high-intensity and high-tensile modulus required for aircraft and automotive applications. Toho Tenax developed its new grade carbon fiber with a uniform structure by optimizing the structural design of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based precursor and by optimizing its manufacturing process. Toho Tenax Co.,

Ford, DowAksa jointly to develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

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Ford and DowAksa signed a joint development agreement (JDA) formally to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter. will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford’s expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing.

ORNL exclusively licenses plasma processing technology for carbon fiber production to RMX Technologies; 75% less energy, 20% lower cost

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RMX Technologies and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that significantly reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber. Overview of carbon fiber production.

DOE issues RFI on renewable carbon fibers; biomass-derived acrylonitrile

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0000975 ) regarding the state of technology development and commercial readiness of emerging renewable carbon fiber (RCF) technologies. While carbon fibers are manufactured commercially using petroleum-derived acrylonitrile (ACN), there are emerging technology pathways to biomass-derived acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) that may offer a cost competitive and potentially high performance alternative.

Swedish researchers explore use of carbon fiber as active electrode in structural battery for electric vehicles

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Woven carbon fiber can act as an electrode for lithium ion batteries. Researchers in Sweden are exploring the use of carbon fiber as an active electrode in a multifunctional structural Li-ion battery in an electric car; i.e., electrical storage is incorporated into the body of the car. 1 , several grades of commercially-available polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fibers displayed a reversible capacity close to or above 100 mAh g ?1

Toray to acquire European carbon fiber fabric and pre-preg business

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to acquire its European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business. In Europe, Toray currently is engaged in carbon fiber business starting from polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor at its French subsidiary, Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A. CFE), and CFRP parts business that uses carbon fiber fabric at its German subsidiaries of Euro Advanced Carbon Fiber Composites GmbH (EACC) and ACE Advanced Composite Engineering GmbH (ACE).

DOE awarding $11M to advance renewable carbon fiber production from biomass

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million for two projects that aim to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable, non-food-based feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber can lower the cost and improve performance of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy components such as wind turbine blades. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $11.3