HybridTec: Research and Development
in Hybrid Composite Components
Based on market needs, DT2-RMC has identified an important opportunity that involves the production of hybrid components for automotive use. Currently, these components are produced in steel or aluminum. Consequently, there are not many solutions in the market for the use of alternate materials such as thermoplastics, thermosets or composites. Our aim of this project is to combine dissimilar materials like thermoplastics, fiber, and metals and to optimize the advantages and minimize the disadvantages of each material.
There are numerous benefits of strong metals and continuous fiber composites that support the automotive hybrid component development directives. They have high capacity for adaptability and conformability and there is a possibility to eliminate the use of raw pollutant materials.
Along with our scientific partner PIEP, the development was focused on the reduction of the average weight of the currently produced structures and creating a better weight/performance ratio. The integration of several components and functionalities into a single, final product will result in a global reduction in production costs as compared to today’s methods.