Automotive applications of non-crimp fabric composites
B. Sköck-Hartmann and T. Gries, Institut für Textiltecknik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Germany
After a brief introduction to the history of automobile construction, the trend towards lightweight construction not only with metals but also towards multi-material constructions is explained. At present, short fibre reinforced sheet moulding components (SMC) and bulk moulding components (BMC) components are the dominant composite materials in the automotive sector. Today the use of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) is limited to automobiles in the luxury segment. Following this some recent examples of NCF components are discussed. These components only find application in high-end ...