Low carbon mobility - SolvaLite™
The answer for rapid manufacture of lightweight structures
Lightweight structures play a key role in energy savings and CO2 emission reduction. However, traditional composite materials require lengthy processing in pressure vessels to create ‘cured’ structures. Reducing the cycle time of the curing process increases the adoption of composites in automotive and other industrial applications.
SolvaLite™: Increases manufacturing efficiencies to boost lightweight composite adoption for a lower carbon footprint mobility
The SolvaLite range of composite materials is designed for rapid manufacture of lightweight structures for the automotive and ground-transport industries. This is forming a step-change from traditional composite materials which required lengthy processing in pressure vessels (autoclaves) to create ‘cured’ structures. As an example, some of the SolvaLite range can be cured quickly enough to allow part manufacture every 60 secs - whereas traditional autoclaved materials would be measured in cycle times of hours (at least 2 hrs, typically).
The rapid curing of the SolvaLite range is enabled by novel chemistries developed by the Solvay team - with a focus on selecting the right ‘ingredients’ to remain cost-effective but be robust for production.
Benefits for the planet, benefits for all:
- Production Efficiency: Rapid processing using press-tools that are maintained at a constant temperature and therefore less energy-input is needed compared to traditional autoclave processing.
Energy Efficiency: Composites have a higher strength to weight ratio and will, therefore, reduce the energy consumption during the lifecycle of manufactured goods when compared to traditional aluminum and steel materials.
Resource Efficiency: Composites show better fatigue resistance which extends the life span of the parts.
Safety & Prevention: Thanks to composites, passenger areas can be designed to significantly enhance safety.
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