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12th March 2019, Grove

Introducing processes for cost-effective carbon fibre composites

The 223 and Racetrak solutions are designed to address every aspect of the manufacture, use and recycling of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. © Williams Advanced Engineering

The 223 and Racetrak solutions are designed to address every aspect of the manufacture, use and recycling of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. © Williams Advanced Engineering

Williams Advanced Engineering has published a white paper to introduce its proprietary, patent-pending carbon fibre composite technologies and their benefits to automotive and other industries. The company’s latest pair of technologies, known as 223 and Racetrak, are said to be a step-change in the affordability of composite materials.

According to the company, 223 and Racetrak offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions but include additional benefits and will be available at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. They are said to be end-to-end, whole-life solutions that address every aspect of the manufacture, use and recycling of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and the way in which carbon fibre’s properties can enable new approaches to vehicle design and manufacture.

“Racetrak and 223 are just two examples of a new generation of technologies, developed and commercialised by Williams Advanced Engineering,” said Iain Bomphray, Chief Technology Specialist, Lightweight Structures, the Williams Advanced Engineering innovator behind these two breakthroughs. “With this approach, we have the potential to develop new, growing areas of business that will also make significant contributions to the industries in which we work.”

According to the white paper, the 223 process is a cost-effective method for creating three-dimensional composite structures from a two-dimensional form, suited for box-shaped geometries such as battery containers for electric vehicles.

Racetrak is a new process for creating high-strength structural members that link two or more points, the white paper says. Potential applications include automotive wishbones or the link arms of aircraft landing gear.

“We are focusing our expertise on energy management, aerodynamics, thermodynamics and lightweighting. As tools for efficiency improvement, these are all highly synergistic, so considering them as an integrated system allows us to increase significantly the total benefits,” explained Paul McNamara, Williams Advanced Engineering Technical Director.

“While we have undoubtedly learnt a great deal from success in Formula 1 and Formula E, they are high-profile examples of what we do. Behind closed doors, we are solving challenging problems for world-class companies across a wide range of sectors and working with some of the most highly-regarded manufacturers on next-generation, low carbon technologies.”

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