Large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon.
Large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon.

SGL Carbon says that it plans to focus on serial production of composites for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors at this year’s JEC World, taking place from 3-5 March 2020 in Paris, France.

SGL will present a demo exhibit for the door frame of a passenger aircraft based on 50k carbon fiber, which it says is suitable for serial production.

The company also plans to exhibit a prototype battery enclosure based on carbon fiber for electric vehicles. According to SGL, hybrid composites with a mixture of glass and carbon fibers are also possible. It will also showcase for the first time a new leaf spring generation made of glass fiber composite that is used as a longitudinal leaf spring for the rear axle of the Ford Transit. When compared to conventional leaf springs, the composite leaf spring weighs up to 50% less while offering increased security standards, the company said.

Also on display at JEC World will be a carbon fiber-based concept for an rotor arm for urban air mobility applications (air taxis) and a crossbeam made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) used in automated Schuler press lines. According to SGL, the composite offers weight savings of up to 40% compared with conventional materials and has improved rigidity and strength, as well as a low thermal expansion and improved damping performance.

This story uses material from SGL, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.