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Carbon Fiber Composite Materials in Modern Day Automotive Production Lines – A Case Study
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK), Tillämpad konstruktion (Digitala verktyg).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6438-2621
Department of Design Sciences LTH Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Design Sciences LTH Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition: Volume 2A: Advanced Manufacturing, New York: ASME Press, 2013, V02AT02A037Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

New and innovative production equipment can be developed by introducing lightweight materials in modern day automotive industry production lines. The properties of these new materials are expected to result in improved ergonomics, energy savings, increased flexibility and more robust equipment, which in the end will result in enhanced productivity. Carbon composite materials are one such alternative that has excellent material properties. These properties are well documented, and the market for carbon composite materials is growing in many areas such as commercial aircrafts, sporting goods and wind turbines. However, when studying the use of carbon composite materials for production equipment in the automotive industry, it was found that there were few, if any, such examples.

This paper focuses on innovative ways of making carbon composite materials available for designing automotive industry production equipment by introducing a design and material concept that combines flexibility, relatively low costs and high functionality. By reducing the weight by 60%, it was obvious that the operators were very positive to the new design. But just as important as the improvement of the ergonomic feature, the combination of low weight and material properties resulted in a more robust design and a more stable process of operation. The two main designs (two versions of the steel-based design were constructed) were developed sequentially, making it difficult to compare development costs since knowledge migrated from one project to the next. In this study, the gripper was manufactured in both carbon composite material and steel. The different designs were compared with reference to design costs, functionality, robustness, product costs and ergonomics. The study clearly shows that the composite material represents a favorable alternative to conventional materials, as the system combines superior properties without significantly increasing the cost of the equipment. This paper describes the approach in detail. Copyright © 2013 by ASME

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New York: ASME Press, 2013. V02AT02A037
Keyword [en]
Assembly lines, Composite materials, Carbon fibers
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Other Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24098DOI: 10.1115/IMECE2013-62272ISI: 000359682200037Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84903468185ISBN: 978-0-7918-5618-5 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-24098DiVA: diva2:676371
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ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2013), November 15-21, 2013, San Diego, California, USA
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Paper No. IMECE2013-62272

Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2017-04-10Bibliographically approved

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