A part made with crash-optimized Ultramid B3ZG3 CR can withstand static torsion of over 240°C, making it possible to substitute composites for metal in vehicle parts such as steering wheel components, body inserts and seat structures.
(Photo courtesy of BASF.)
Ann, you raise the issue of crash-optimized composites. That got me thinking, how safe is a vehicle if it's designed with this lighter weight material? Beyond safety, what about maintenance costs given that most vehicles are involved in some sort of minor fender bender if not a full-blown accident over the course of their lifetime. Is it much more difficult to repair a composite structure vs. steel door panels, for example?
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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