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A CARBON-FIBER link is being (er… woven) between BMW and According to Reuters, the two companies cooperate in research and development of lightweight material.

Carbon has been around for decades Matty Holtzberg’s small-block made of this material?). fiber is familiar in high-end from golf, to tennis, to 1. The industry news today is the growing maturity of this as it finds increased use in both and automotive manufacturing.

A fuselage component of the carbon-fiber-rich 787 Dreamliner.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is carbon fiber. BMW’s i3 Battery Electric Vehicle, next year, has carbon-fiber of its passenger safety cell. Its M3 already has a roof of this

The carbon-fiber roof of the BMW M3 coupe.

One by the challenges of high material labor-intensive fabrication and complex are being outweighed by carbon 30-percent weight advantage aluminum and its design benefits of strength.

The key points in the BMW/Boeing are recycling and, as subtext, a cat fight.

Recycling carbon fiber is as part of the Life-Cycle Assessment comes with full of this material. LCA analyzes from feedstock through to use and ultimate disposal. With to this last criterion, fiber is more like a than any metallic material or plastics.

Tires can’t be Recycling a tire typically of grinding it into rubber (for acoustic mats, asphalt and the like) or rubber (for landscaping). None of applications returns the high of the tire.

Similarly, once completed, a piece can’t be “unbagged.” And its are too great for it to be simply ground up.

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The unibody of the Toyota 1/X could be in more than just a car.

However, innovative have been proposed: At the end of an life, for instance, renew but the passenger-cell/chassis. Reclothe, if you will, carbon-fiber assemblage for a second or third automotive life.

As another idea, clever of initial carbon-fiber components permit their dismantling and in other areas: Part of a possibly no longer with a finish, could find new beneath the skin as a chassis

I suspect this is a part of the RD undertaken by BMW and Boeing. Other areas include basic research and optimized fabrication

The cat fight? Both BMW and Volkswagen tie-ins with SGL, a specialist in the state of Washington. in 2005, Audi and SGL worked on brake discs. Last BMW and SGL cooperated in building a $100 plant in Moses Lake,

VW’s work with has been through Lamborghini and its carbon-fiber applications. Now that the giant is moving big time 787 Dreamliner production, it has even expertise to share. But exactly how And with whom? ds

© Dennis, 2012

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