Moves toward tighter limits on vehicle CO2 emissions are expected to spread to the rest of the world. As a result, automobile makers are facing a pressing need for technical innovation to reduce CO2. Lightweight cars and electric vehicles are among the most effective solutions.
Under the backdrop of stricter CO2 restrictions, hybrid vehicles and new-generation eco-cars are becoming more popular. Under such circumstances, it’s no wonder that the growing demand of CFRT as the replacement of conventional high-tension steel is inevitable.
Carbon fiber is an advanced material ten times stronger than steel at only a quarter of its weight. CFRT, a composite thermoplastic material reinforced by continuous carbon fiber, has the added advantage of high resistance to deformation, as well as to acid and alkaline corrosion. Its potential to meet the demands of energy saving and CO2 reduction in the automotive field has drawn increasing attention of late.
Conventional CFRT uses thermosetting resin, which hardens when heated. Requiring several minutes or hours to mold, it is no longer suitable for mass-produced automobiles.