Leybold supplies pumps to Dutch racing team

Vacuum pump specialist Leybold has donated two of its products to a student team in the Netherlands to help manufacture a lightweight race car made with carbon fiber.

The company is also sponsoring Team Delft to win student F1 race Formula Student Germany (FSG) with its DUT23 car.

According to the company, a large portion of the vehicle’s chassis and aerodynamics are made from composites, usually carbon fiber. These parts are cured under a vacuum environment, and vacuum pumps are reportedly an important part of this process. “It’s paramount that the vacuum pumps can create and maintain a very low pressure in the vacuum bags,” a press release said. “This allows the carbon fibers to compress better, achieves good strength and stiffness, and significantly decreases the possibility of defects in the final product.”

Leybold’s Sogevac B single-stage oil sealed rotary vane pumps can reach an ultimate pressure of ≤ 8 x 10-2 mbar.