Structural-composite car underbody study wins top prize


A multi-year study on the feasibility of a structural-composite underbody for a midsize car was the top paper presented at the 11th-annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), held this fall in Troy, MI. Hannes Fuchs senior engineer at Multimatic Engineering, who came to the automotive industry from the NASA-Virginia Tech Composites Program and from post-doctoral research activities at the NASA Langley Research Center, and co-author Eric Gillund, lead structures engineer at Multimatic, undertook the preparation and fabrication of underbody test assemblies for the United States Council for Automotive Research's (USCAR's) as part of a multi-year study.

Fuchs, who also won an SPE ACCE Best Paper Award in 2010, had his paper chosen from 49 contenders (31 of whom submitted formal papers) that cleared peer review. Four winners, one from industry and three from academia, were honored for excellence in technical writing. Other winning papers included research on:...
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