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Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 30–35 | Cite as

Light Composite Material for New Design Concepts

  • Michael Schmidt
  • Florian Dorin
Materials Composites
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Covestro has developed CFRTP tapes and sheets which, thanks to continuous fibers made of carbon or glass, are durable and can be processed in short cycle times. Due to its polycarbonate polymer matrix, the material can also be painted in Class A quality or even furnished with decorative films.

Composite for Mass Production

The increasing interest in ever more efficient lightweight materials for the automotive industry has led to the introduction of a whole range of extremely smart composite materials in recent years. When considering their specific stiffness, the list of possibilities is currently led by continuous fiber- reinforced composite materials in which high-performance carbon or economical glass fibers absorb and dissipate forces. Some of the parts made from these materials can even compete with metal construction materials in terms of load-bearing capacity.

Composites were originally developed and optimized especially for lightweight construction and high rigidity. For a long...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Schmidt
    • 1
  • Florian Dorin
    • 2
  1. 1.CFRTP Composites at CovestroLeverkusenGermany
  2. 2.Composite Cars at Covestro Deutschland AGLeverkusenGermany

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