Carbon Fibre Reinforcements for Automotive Applications by Sigmatex

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Background
Automotive Applications Using Carbon Fibre Reinforcements
Car Manufacturers Using Carbon Fibre Components
Carbon Fibre Parts in Automotive Applications
Carbon Fibre Reinforcements for Automotive Applications

Background

Sigmatex is a world leader in converting carbon fibre, producing technical textiles for use in composite applications. Having expertise in this field since 1972, we have grown rapidly to meet ever increasing demands for our Products and Services

Using advanced technologies, Sigmatex creates textile solutions which optimise the performance of carbon fibre in complex structures. Our key products are woven, unidirectional, mutiaxial and 3-dimensional textiles. Sigmatex manufactures carbon fibre reinforcements for demanding applications.

As consumers look to lighter and lighter cars, not just for performance but increasingly for fuel efficiency then the utilisation of carbon fibre reinforcements is expected to grow. Add the likely need for enabling technologies in the design of mass production electric vehicles and carbon fibre reinforcements will play a significant future role in volume automotive applications.

With its significant investment in cutting edge technologies for the manufacture of 3D carbon fibre reinforcements Sigmatex is committed to developing materials for future applications offering endless possibilities for automotive designers and engineers.

Automotive Applications Using Carbon Fibre Reinforcements

From luxury sports cars to the challenging environment of the Formula 1 race track, Sigmatex products are used to construct performance vehicles of the highest standards.

Sigmatex fabrics help provide light weight structures that impart strength and safety within a vehicle while saving weight, and gaining those vital extra seconds when it counts.

Car Manufacturers Using Carbon Fibre Components

To date, there are only a limited number of car manufacturers that are using carbon fibre components in their cars. These range from the high end niche sports car manufacturers such as:

  • Bugatti
  • Koenigsegg
  • Ascari
  • Pagani
  • Gumpert
  • Mosler

Other more main stream manufacturers that are also using carbon fibre parts on higher volume models include:

  • Porsche
  • Ferrari
  • Lamborghini
  • BMW
  • Mercedes

Carbon Fibre Parts in Automotive Applications

Formula 1 is always an early adopter of new technology. Consequently, there is a high proprtion of a Formula 1 car that is made from carbon fibre, including the monocoque that keeps the driver safe, to all of the body panels and aerodynamic components, structural components such as suspension parts all the way down to smaller items like the steering wheel.

Some of the high end road going sports cars also use quite a high volume of carbon fibre in their construction. Like their Formula 1 relatives, they use carbon fibre for the strength and weight savings which translate into improved performance. Some of the more main stream car manufacturers are also using carbon fibre parts, in particular body panels like bonnets, doors and spoilers as they seek to squeeze incremental performance gains from their cars. A good example is BMW who have grafted a carbon fibre roof to their M6 coupe. This not only reduces the overall weight of the car, but also lowers the cars' centre of gravity which helps improve the handling.

Carbon Fibre Reinforcements for Automotive Applications

Sigmatex offers a range of carbon fibre products for automotive applications including:

200GSM/2x2TW/M46JB 6K 50B
285GSM/5HS/M46JB 6K 50B
280GSM/5HS/T1000GB 12K 40D
280GSM/5HS/T1000GB 12K 40D & Zylon HM
93gsm/PW/High Strength 1K
200gsm/PW/High Strength 3K
200gsm/2x2TW/High Strength 3K
380GSM/2x2TW/High Strength 12K
600GSM/2x2TW/High Strength 12K
210GSM/3x1TW/High Strength 3K & KEVLAR
310GSM/-45°+45°/High Strength 12K
410GSM/-45+45/High Strength 12K
610GSM/-45+45/High Strength 12K
750GSM/-45°90°+45°/High Strength 12K
300GSM/PW-BUD/ High Strength 12K
400GSM/PW-BUD/ High Strength 12K

Source: Sigmatex

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Date Added: Oct 5, 2010 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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