Transportation Industry is Trucking Ahead with Composites

The use of composites in commercial trucking dates back over half a century when fiberglass was first used for its strength and weight reduction benefits. Today, the benefits of composite materials in transportation manufacturing have expanded beyond fiberglass and are seen in commercial trucks, buses, and trailers, to enhance fuel economy and meet weight restrictions.

There are numerous examples of innovative uses of composites by transportation industry manufacturers that are taking advantage of the lightweight, strong, durable, and corrosion-resistant properties of these materials. These attributes make composite structures ideal for the commercial trucking industry, allowing them to carry larger payloads with less overall weight.

Composites are driving the future of commercial trucking

Composites are used in the present day to produce structural roofs, exterior and interior walls, and various panels on commercial vehicles. For example, a refrigerated trailer made with molded structural composites consisting partly of unidirectional glass fiber, and made with a combination of open and closed mold processes, has proven industry benefits. The result is a lighter, more damage-resistant vehicle that supports greater weights while improving fuel efficiency.

More recently, Penso used composite sandwich panel technology to build lightweight bodies for refrigerated delivery pods[1]. The result was a lighter design with reduced emissions and increased productivity allowing for the transport of higher volumes of product.

Another recent example of the value of composites in commercial transportation manufacturing is Volta trucks using panels made from sustainable, natural, woven flax composites and an electric truck used to transport goods[2].

Learn more about the benefits of composites and how Composites One is helping the transportation industry.