Reducing vehicle weight with biocomposites

Aimplas has released details of a new EU funded project to develop carbon fiber composites that could reduce the structural weight of vehicles.

The plastics research center also wants to develop new biocomposites and use recycled carbon fiber composites in transport applications.

The Forest project is made of 14 partners from 8 different countries and will last until May 2026.

Plans are to make a range of prototypes made with biocomposites using out-of-autoclave (OoA) processes and test them for mechanical resistance, fire-retardance and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding, Aimplas said.