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Innovative use of composites in suspension systems

  • Peter KuhnEmail author
  • Christoph Loy
  • M. Kuehnel
  • W. Pinch
  • C. Ebel
Conference paper
Part of the Proceedings book series (PROCEE)

Abstract

The use of composite materials e.g. carbon fibre reinforced polymers in suspension systems can contribute to lighter and therefore more energy-efficient passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Besides ensuring the technological feasibility, the implementation of the corresponding large-scale production is essential to compete with classical metal structures. Within the chassis, both lateral and longitudinal leaf springs made from composite materials have been found to meet these requirements. Single- and multi-axis struts, produced in a spatial winding process, are a further promising example of load-path optimized chassis components showing high potential for automotive series applications.

In the present paper, both composite leaf spring and strut applications are presented with a focus on the holistic development approach besides their respective technical features.

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kuhn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christoph Loy
    • 1
  • M. Kuehnel
    • 1
  • W. Pinch
    • 1
  • C. Ebel
    • 1
  1. 1.SGL Technologies GmbHMeitingenGermany

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