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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Low Specific Gravity Carbon Fiber/Glass Hybrid SMC

To reduce weight while using the same tooling for a special-edition Corvette sportscar, 2 distinct composites were formulated  ̶  a high-strength carbon and glass-fiber-reinforced polyester-based SMC and a lower-density, glass and carbon fiber-reinforced polyester liquid compression molding composite, both with a unique spiral-shaped nanoplatelet technology.  The parts met the mechanical requirements of existing materials and provided the same shrink properties without cycle-time or tool changes, all while saving more than 15% weight for this convertible sportscar.
General Motors Co.
2013MY Chevrolet Corvette
System Supplier
Molded Fiberglass Co.
Material Processor
Molded Fiberglass Co.
Material Supplier
Molded Fiberglass Co.
iNVENTA 753 Polyester
Tooling/Equipment Supplier
Century Tool & Gage 

For More Information See: http://www.plastics-car.com/Tomorrows-Automobiles/Current-Projects

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