Targets

 
 
 

To develop a carbon composite wheel that is lighter than an aluminium-forged wheel and that can be produced with automated preforming  and infusion technology (High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding HP-RTM) according to OEM specifications.

 

Target weight -30%
Production rate (first step) 20.000 per year
Style/Application OEM partner requirements
Timing 24 months

BUILDING ON PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

    • A composite wheel has already been designed and tested with TUV criteria
    • Hub/spokes connection solution developed
    • Rim fibre continuity
    • Modal shapes and frequency as the key for car handling
    • Corrosion and creep: the aging is a key parameter in the selection of the curing cycle and matrix material. The partners have developed a strategy to manage this.

THE POWER OF THE PARTNERSHIP

    • Interdisciplinary know-how at top level & experience shared between partners
    • Technology will lead the design
    • Material building block approach
    • Logistically easy for the partners and the European OEMs.