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Andreas Wüst

SM2445-P: The Use of Composite Materials in the Automotive Industry

(Duration 53:08)

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Key Learning

Key Learning

  • Define composite materials
  • Describe hybrid composite materials and identify their advantages
  • Use a lightweighting process for automotive design
  • Use Simulation Moldflow to simulate hybrid composite products

Materials

Materials

Description

Description

Different composite materials have been in used for many years in the automotive industry to create components that have unique characteristics, such as being strong and light. The trend in using composite materials is accelerating to meet lightweighting requirements to meet the next generation of fuel economy standards. An interesting lightweighting application combines the use of continuous fiber composite material with injection molding. The continuous fiber composite material forms a lightweight shell, while the necessary support structure can be created by overmolding it with a fiber-filled plastic. This so-called hybrid technique can create extremely lightweight strong parts that can be manufactured in large volumes. Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® plastic injection molding simulation software can help with the design and engineering efforts for this process.

Target Audience

Target Audience

Automotive designers, manufacturing engineers, and Moldflow analysts

Speakers

Speakers

Andreas Wüst

Mechanical EngineerWith BASF since 1991Current position: Teamleader Simulation Engineering, Crash Analysis and Numerical Optimization

Emmett Nelson

Mr. Nelson is an Autodesk software architect focusing on simulation of composite materials and structures. He has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming and a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University. Prior to joining Autodesk he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Firehole Composites.

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Tags

Published

  • 2013
  • SM2445-P
  • Automotive Summit, AU Las Vegas

Software

  • Simulation Moldflow Products

Industry

  • Automotive & Other Transportation

Topics

  • Simulation