THE PLASTIC CAR: WHY EUROPE SHOULD FOLLOW IN AMERICA'S TRACKS

The stimulus of the US Federal fuel consumption legislation has given US car manufacturers the incentive to reduce vehicle weight by the introduction of reinforced plastics for car body components. A continuous glass-fibre reinforced nylon-6 known as stx can be press-formed for such components as sump covers, bumpers and rocker covers. Typical of the use of glass-reinforced plastics materials for larger components are complete front-end body assemblies requiring dimensional accuracy and smooth surfaces. A filament-wound 70% glass-fibre/epoxy resin leaf spring developed by General Motors offers weight saving and performance advantages, and is a possibility for production in 1981 for the Chevrolet Corvette which will also have a grp bumper system. It is suggested that greater development effort is needed by European manufacturers to sustain their lead in the automotive uses of reinforced plastics materials. /TRRL/

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    Design Council

    29 Haymarket
    London SW14 4SU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • McGeehin, P
  • Publication Date: 1979-3-15

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 32-33
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 248
    • Issue Number: 6416
    • Publisher: GILLARD WELCH LIMITED
    • ISSN: 0013-7782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM