Thermostamped fiber glass composite vehicle floor is one-third lighter

05/11/2014

Faurecia engineers have developed an integral structural floor comprising a front and rear passenger floor and a trunk floor made of composite thermoplastic material reinforced with glass fiber, which is made using "thermostamping" techniques.

In addition to offering outstanding mechanical performance to meet crash-test requirements and ensure recyclability, the polyamide-based composite thermoplastic (PA 66) with glass-fiber reinforcement also makes it possible to weld and over-mold parts. The technology is said to reduce both weight and costs compared with bonding while producing a material able to withstand the very high temperatures created during painting processes that employ cataphoresis (cathodic electrodeposition).

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