clutch pedal with bearing block

Carbon-fibre reinforced polyamide clutch pedal wins SPE award

2012
  • Bearing block and clutch pedal in carbon-fibre reinforced polyamide 6
  • Compound surpasses strength of glass-fibre reinforced polyamide
  • Carbon fibres originate from edge trimmings of BMW AG
  • First prize in “Powertrain” category

For the recent 16th SPE Automotive Awards in Duesseldorf, Germany, the company AKRO-Plastic GmbH teamed up with Batz, S. Coop.,PME fluidtec GmbH, Moldetipo and BMW AG and was awarded first place in the Powertrain category. The winning component was a bearing block manufactured from Akromid B3 ICF 20 and a clutch pedal made of Akromid B3 ICF 15.

Carbon fibres originate from edge trimmings of BMW AG

The award was based on various innovations, in the materials category and production process, and the weight reduction achieved with the process. The material used is a carbon-fibre reinforced PA 6 made with carbon fibres originating from conditioned edge trimmings of BMW AG.

Compound surpasses strength of glass-fibre reinforced polyamide

In a modified FEDDEM extruder, the fibres are converted to a highly stable compound which surpasses the strength of a glass-fibre reinforced polyamide whilst also being 12.5% lighter. The PME fluidtec water-injection system used in production ensures an entirely reproducible process. The component hollowed out by the water-injection process demonstrates higher stiffness and strength with uniform wall thicknesses.

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