Fuel economy regulations have prompted examination of fiber-reinforced composites. Hybrid graphite composites probably offer the greatest potential weight reduction approach as well as the greatest challenge in meeting cost constraints and producibility. Physical properties of these materials are functions of their fiber orientations, fiber percentages, and strength/modulus relationships. Automotive applications depend, to a large extent, on lower fiber cost -- which, in turn, requires increased production volume. Automobile propeller shafts are the most likely prospects for introduction of graphite composites in volume, and springs, brackets, crossmembers, and bumpers may be only a few years farther away.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 42-47
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM