Famous female US car racer and environmental activist Leilani Münter, the revolutionary Tesla-based Electric GT World Series, and global natural fibre composite leader Bcomp Ltd., have decided to join forces to foster sustainable mobility for the future. Furthermore, Bcomp is proud to announce that Leilani will be an ambassador for the young Swiss company and its innovative products.
Bcomp’s powerRibs™ technology, providing a unique performance-per-weight ratio, is used in various parts such as the roof and the hood. Marrying the outstanding properties of flax fibers with an innovative preform design, the powerRibs™ technology allows weight savings of up to 40 % in single skin composite shell applications. Simultaneously, material cost and ecological footprint are significantly reduced. At JEC World 2017 in Paris, Bcomp launches two composite preform kits called powerRibs™ – F01 and powerRibs™ – C01, namely a full flax- and a hybrid carbon-flax laminate (developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency ESA).
Both feature the powerRibs™ technology, resulting in stiff and lightweight solutions for automotive race body parts. Available in either prepreg form or dry fabrics for infusion processing, Bcomp’s fabrics are easy to use and do not require resin-hungry bleeders or flow media for processing. Our customers can either choose to reduce weight of their benchmark carbon or carbon/glass laminates by up to 40%, or reach higher stiffness for the same part’s weight. Furthermore, this novel material solution protects drivers and tires by replacing the sharp shattering carbon with much safer on damage flax reinforcements. Finally, structural damping is significantly increased by honing natural fibres’ intrinsically high vibration absorption properties.
In addition, discover our thermoplastic powerRibs™ for automotive interiors, allowing significant lightweighting, and integrating unique design options in a one-step production technology.
Visit us @ JEC 2017 on booth C30, pavillon 5A