The automotive industry faces major changes due to autonomous driving. An innovative solution to match the requirements of lightweight and multi-functionality was created in a partnership of three – based on Maezio thermoplastic composites.
Find New Materials for Multi-functional Car Interiors
Autonomous driving and car-sharing will transform the interior of automobiles into a living and working space. This calls for innovative material solutions to meet the multi-functional and mobile needs of a new passenger generation. The car of the future will be a space to live and work in while in motion, so flexible assets are needed.
A Lightweight Durable Table With High Aesthetics
Working with Engel Austria and Dr. Schneider, Covestro sought to create a full-size table that can be stowed away just like an ultrabook. The result fulfills the drastically increased requirements in mechanical performance while significantly reducing the thickness compared to the existing solution.
Covestro handled the component design, Dr. Schneider created a tool with a variothermal temperature control for composite forming, and Engel provided the processing equipment and know-how.
“The special thing with this solution and the collaboration together with Dr. Schneider and Covestro was that we are dealing with a new material which has superior surface quality.”
Thermoplastic Composites Meet Mechanical Requirements
The table is made with Maezio continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRT), which enable a thin yet highly stiff design with superior surface quality while taking up little space.. 41 cm long and 32 cm wide, the table’s thickness varies from 5 mm at the outer edge to 10 mm on the inside. The top and bottom each consist of a 1 mm layer of Maezio polycarbonate composites reinforced with continuous carbon fibers. With a weight of just 690 g, the table can bear a load in excess of 50kg.
The basic material of the driving table involves CFRT panels and sheets. They are lightweight and very strong. TOPOLO CFRT honeycomb panels are widely used in vehicle and construction fields.