Carbon composite grille-opening reinforcement

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Carbon composite grille-opening reinforcement – SPE Automotive finalist 

  • SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition 2015 finalist – Category: Chassis/Hardware
  • OEM Make & Model: 2016 Ford Motor Co. Shelby GT350 Mustang sports car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Magna Exteriors / Plastcoat Div. of Magna International
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: BASF Corp. / Tycos Tool & Die Co.
  • Material / Process: Ultramid A3WC4 PA 6/6 / injection molding & resistant implant welding
  • Description: This is the first GOR panel using short carbon fiber-reinforced PA 6/6 and the unique joining process of resistant implant welding (RIW) to produce a highly structural and lightweight part from a 2-piece injection-molded box section design. Versus the plastic-metal hybrid construction it replaced, the new material/process eliminated 5 steel stampings, reducing costs 75% and mass 24% (2.5 lb). Aesthetics also were improved, which allowed elimination of the beauty cover with its associated labor, cost, and weight, and the VOC emissions associated with rust-coating the steel stampings. Further, NVH values were improved by 2 Hz.
Carbon composite grille-opening reinforcement

Carbon composite grille-opening reinforcement (source: SPE)

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