Resin transfer molding benefitting auto industry in 2019
Composite materials are made using a variety of processes. However, one process that may see increased use in the automotive industry in 2019 is resin transfer molding. The increase in the use of this process is primarily due to the benefits it offers to this industry.
Some of the benefits resin transfer molding is bringing to the auto industry
Last year, Audi used resin transfer molding to build the CFRP rear walls of its A8 luxury sedan, and it intends to continue using this part for the 2019 model as well. This is just one example of how resin transfer molding will be used to create components for automobiles this year.
Resin transfer molding is one type of closed mold process that allows companies to produce composite structures. The first step in this process is composite materials are cut to fit the part mold being used. The materials are then placed in the mold, and the mold is closed and clamped shut. Next, resin is injected into the mold at high pressure to impregnate the composite materials. Finally, the mold can be heated to speed up the curing of the composite component. Using this process, vehicle manufacturers like Audi can easily create a supply of composite parts that can keep pace with their vehicle assembly line.
One reason that resin transfer molding is chosen instead of other composite production processes is it offers some benefits that the others don’t, including:
- Reducing composite materials waste
- Curing the resins used in parts in 1 1/2 to 2 minutes
- Allowing a total part cycle time of only about 5 minutes
Thanks to benefits like these, resin transfer molding is sure to be one of the top choices for composite component production in the automobile industry in 2019. Its benefits are also likely to make it a major player in this industry for the foreseeable future.
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