PlastiComp Part of Team Working to Accelerate Development of Affordable Carbon Fiber Composites

November 13 2017

Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) led team of experts from industry and academia developed predictive engineering tools for designing new, economical, and lightweight automotive composites.

To accelerate the development of new, economical long carbon fiber composites, PNNL worked with a team of leading experts to develop a series of engineering tools. Team members included:

•An automotive manufacturer (Toyota)
•A tier one part producer (Magna)
•A long carbon fiber material and technology supplier (PlastiComp)
•A leading process modeling software provider (Autodesk)
•University research partners (University of Illinois, Purdue University, and Virginia Tech).

Funded by DOE’s Office of Vehicle Technologies Lightweight Materials Program, the team created software tools that successfully predict the fiber orientation and length distribution of complex carbon fiber thermoplastic parts.

Current development processes of composite components require carmakers to build molds, mold parts, and test them. It’s a long, arduous process, slowing the advance of new, more cost-effective carbon fiber composites in automobiles.

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