Energy Efficient Manufacturing of Lightweight Composite Architected Structures for Transporation Vehicles
Project Innovation + Advantages:
The University of Delaware (UD) will develop the Composite Architected Materials Processing (CAMP) technology to enable fast, energy-efficient composite manufacturing with a complex 3D geometry formation capability to construct efficient, reliable, and cost-competitive structural materials for air and ground transportation vehicles. With their high strength-to-weight ratios, carbon fiber-reinforced composites have strong potential for lightweighting in structural applications to replace steel and aluminum. UD’s CAMP technology combines an energy-efficient carbon fiber reinforced thermoset composite manufacturing technique called localized in-plane thermal automation with tailored universal feedstock for forming. CAMP could greatly reduce the energy intensity of carbon fiber composites manufacturing, drive down the total cost, and reduce structural weight.
UD will develop CAMP to offer a rapid economical fabrication process of composite architected structures to achieve high-volume, cost-effective, lightweight, and energy-efficient vehicle structural components.