Composites facility to benefit motorsports

  • 03-Sep-2008 03:01 EDT
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BERU f1systems' new 5- x 2-m (16.4- x 6.6-ft) autoclave is particularly well suited for motorsport composites.

BERU f1systems has opened a new composites facility that will offer motorsport companies a high-temperature, high-pressure, 5- x 2-m (16.4- x 6.6-ft) autoclave to develop advanced, complex, and high-quality prototype and production composite components. Its 350ºC (662ºF) temperature capability is described by the motorsport engineering specialist company as being ideally suited for developing temperature-resistant and low-toxicity composites, adding that its 13.8-bar (200-psi) pressure capability enhances quality, including that of intricate and complex components.

"Through our Wire in Composite (WiC) aerospace development programs and our new Factor 001 composite bicycle, we are looking at sophisticated materials that can survive extended periods in high temperatures, together with a separate requirement for exceptional quality," said Managing Director John Bailey.

The facility is at BERU f1systems’ newly constructed U.K. Technical Center. A new preparation area with an automatic cutting table and walk-in freezer for storing composites complements the autoclave. The company also has an established 2- x 1-m (6.6- x 3.3-ft) autoclave; the new 5- x 2-m addition will now allow BERU f1systems to manufacture larger automotive units.

"Our F1 [Formula One] wiring harnesses are increasing in complexity, requiring more integration with structural parts, ECUs, and junction boxes," explained Bailey. "As usage grows, we must develop derivatives that will allow composites to function for extended periods, often in high temperature or harsh environmental conditions."

BERU f1systems supplies high-quality composite components to motorsport and OE road programs. Added Bailey: "Our motorsport heritage drives us to develop the lightest, most durable solution. We have been able to save weight and cost on existing composite parts by applying our design principles."

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