Crash-proof Wood Composites in Lightweight Bodyworks of the Future
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Modern wood composites have good mechanical properties with comparably low density. At the same time, they improve the CO2 balance of vehicles. Used correctly, wood is equivalent to fiber-reinforced plastics and metals. In the WoodCar research project, Virtual Vehicle, Graz University of Technology and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna were able to demonstrate the suitability of wood composites under crash loading.
Sustainable Materials Wanted
The current debates on improving the CO2 balance of vehicles of the future call for new considerations on the material mix. Novel materials and sustainable material composites are urgently needed. Modern wood-based materials have excellent mechanical properties and a very low density paired with low material costs. Properly applied, wood materials are competitive to fiber-reinforced polymers and metals.
To date, however, material data and material maps of wood could not be made available for the numerical simulation of...
The authors would like to thank the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG), the Styrian Business Promotion (SFG) and the Standortagentur Tirol for the financial support of the WoodCar project (project No. 861.421).