BMWi ZIM MANiFEST
Schmidt & Heinzmann, Hyundai Motor Company, Hwashin, Hangul Mold, KCTECH, Sangmyung University
The co-molding of discontinuous fiber reinforced Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) and continuous fiber reinforced carbon fiber patches combines advantages of both materials. The combination of structural performance of patches and functional aspects of SMC allows the design of tailored, highly-optimized parts. The objective of the proposal is to design and manufacture an automobile sub-frame consisting of a substantially reduced number of parts as well as reduced weight compared to conventional SMC.
Additionally, the SMC itself will use an environment-friendly vinyl ester resin that overcomes health issues related to styrene. The vinyl ester resin will be developed for highly improved flame retardance and heat resistance.