Automated production of lightweight CFRP engine hood in 15 minutes

The Composites Europe 2013 show in Stuttgart, Germany, this September 17-19 is set to feature many innovations, among the a new gap impregnation unit with innovative mold technology that will enable the automated manufacture of a vehicle engine hood made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in just 15 minutes.

The technology has been developed by the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV, Aachen) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University. The mold comprises a mold frame and two mold halves. An integrated sensor technology is used for process and quality assurance. The combined fixing and ejection units allow double-sided impregnation of the preform, which means that complex sandwich parts can be produced in one process step....

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