Case Study - Carbon Fiber Parts

Why CFRP for BIW Replacements?

  • Light weight and ability to form skin thicknesses from 0.8 mm (typical 1.25 mm thk.)
  • Customization of strength, stiffness and weight.
  • Can be combined with other materials like Kevlar to offer greater impact protection.
  • Can be painted and lacquered easily to Class A surface finish.

CFRP- Bonnet assembly

  • Light weight (almost 40% lighter than existing metal bonnets).
  • Significantly shorter development time 2 weeks against 6-8 weeks.
  • Prototype project cost of less than 25% against existing bonnet development cost.