Composites in Automotive
The composite usage in the automotive industry continues to increase with the developing technology. Since electrical automotive technology is becoming popular, composite materials are beneficial to replace metal parts for the new electric cars.
One of the biggest concerns of the automotive industry is fuel consumption and therefore weight. For this reason, composite materials, especially carbon fiber, come up with a significant solution. With the low weight and high strength composite materials. Carbon fiber provides approximately %40 lighter weight than aluminum and thus offers more efficient vehicles in terms of fuel consumption.
The automotive industry develops with the necessity of sustainable technology. Therefore, composite materials can help keep ecosystems and cars environmentally friendly. Composite materials with high durability can extend vehicle life and provide a comfortable design.
Composite materials can reach higher mechanical properties than standard structural parts of the cars. Carbon fiber can withstand high-pressure forces considering the vehicle conditions in automotive systems.
Carbon fiber is mostly used in the automotive sector when compared the other common composite materials. With the low weight and high stiffness-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber can be effective to reduce fuel consumption and thus increasing efficiency. On the other hand, carbon fiber might be expensive, however, it can be cost-effective when considering the overall life of the vehicle.