Introduction to Automotive Composites by N. Tucker, K. Lindsey

By N. Tucker, K. Lindsey

This booklet is an up-to-date and improved model of the direction notes for the Composite knowledge path run by way of the Warwick production staff in 1998-1999. The booklet offers readers an appreciation of composites, fabrics homes, production applied sciences and the broader implications of utilizing composites within the automobile region. will probably be beneficial for these already operating with composites in automobile functions and if you happen to are contemplating utilizing them sooner or later.

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The cut-off of key natural raw materials during the Second World War helped spur on the technology to develop synthetic replacements for materials such as rubber. So-called Buna (styrene-butadiene copolymer) rubbers were developed almost overnight [2] as replacements for natural rubbers in what is the most commonly used automotive composite part, the tyre. In the 1950s, a now well established plastics industry turned toward consumer markets as an outlet for its products [3]. , soft contact lenses, have been significant and steady up to the present day.

Other applications are cutting tool inserts, and a number of other aerospace applications that are still in the R&D phase. As with carbon-carbon composites, the expense and difficulty of manufacturing are likely to limit the automotive application of these materials. However, CMC cutting tool inserts, with their tolerance of high cutting speeds are in common use in the metal shaping processes. 5 Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) MMC are produced by the addition of reinforcing particles to molten metal (often aluminium), by the infiltration of molten metal into a particulate or fibrous preform (usually silicon carbide), or heating a mixture of reinforcement and powdered metals.

The chemistry of these materials really wasn’t well understood until as late as the 1920s when Staudinger, building on the earlier work of Pickles, proposed and tested the hypothesis that substances (his colleagues referred supportively to his work as ‘schmierenchemie’ or greasy chemistry) such as cellulose, starch and rubber were in fact long chain molecules [1]. The cut-off of key natural raw materials during the Second World War helped spur on the technology to develop synthetic replacements for materials such as rubber.

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