An innovative mix of materials for today's cars
Lightweight design is a key aspect of modern car manufacture. Modern cars have to combine aspects such as optimum weight, safety, comfort, and energy efficiency with minimal operating costs. In order to meet these requirements, these aspects must be taken into account and optimized in the product development phase. Fiber composites are being increasingly used for car manufacture. The lightweight advantages of plastics reinforced with, for example, carbon and glass fiber are clear: the lower weight results in lower emissions, lower fuel consumption, and smaller car components (e.g. brakes, engines) can be used. Adhesive bonding is also becoming an ever more prevalent joining technique in the car manufacturing industry. In car manufacture the use of adhesive bonding enables different fiber reinforced plastic materials to be combined in multi-material designs.