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25
Oct
16

Chassis & Hardware Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Chassis & Hardware Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

 

CATEGORY: CHASSIS & HARDWARE

Strut Mount

OEM Make & Model: 2016 General Motors Co. Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: ContiTech North America, Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: BASF Corp. / Not stated

Material / Process:  Ultramid A3WG10CR 50% glass-reinforced (GR) PA 6/6 / injection molding

Description:  This is the first use of a glass-reinforced PA material for strut-mount housings on all 4 corners of a vehicle and the first application of polyamide housings on the front and rear suspension systems. The injection molded parts integrate common components for both front and rear mounts, and employ a special thread assembly method with a locking feature.  They reduce mass 30% vs. typical steel and aluminum parts and reduce noise transmission through the suspension system. Thanks to modular assembly, the design also offers greater tuning flexibility.

Rear Differential Cross-Member

OEM Make & Model: 2016 Daimler AG Mercedes S-Class luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: ContiTech North America, Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: BASF Corp. / Not stated

Material / Process:  Ultramid A3WG10CR 50% GR-PA 6/6 / injection molding

Description:  This is said to be the first application where a PA/glass composite has been used as a cross-member to support the rear differential and complete the rear cradle of a vehicle. By replacing traditional parts in steel or aluminum, the injection molded glass-reinforced PA 6/6 design offered parts integration opportunities, is cost neutral, reduces noise transmission from the driveshaft, and reduces mass 25%, helping improve fuel economy and reduce tailpipe emissions. The grade used has been optimized for dynamic loads and is controlled with tighter production specifications.

Latching Refueling Valve

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Ford Fusion & Lincoln MKZ hybrid EVs

Tier Supplier/Processor: Continental Automotive / Advanced Molding Tech – USA

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: DuPont Automotive / Xinpoint

Material / Process:  Zytel HTNWRF51G30 30% GR polyphthalamide (PPA) / injection molding

Description:   This challenging new design demanded a unique material with consistent properties after prolonged exposure to fuels, superior wear characteristics, stable coefficient of friction over a wide temperature range, superior fuel swell and exposure resistance, and superior molding capabilities to properly fill tight-tolerance micro-features. An injection molded 30% GR-PPA with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) micro-powder (to enhance wear characteristics) met all requirements. The application saved over $10 USD/vehicle and reduced energy consumption vs. the previous valve. The novel technology has led to 1 issued and 7 pending patents.

Outer Handle

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Lincoln Continental luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: ADAC Automotive

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / not stated

Material / Process: Cycoloy C1200HF PC/ABS / injection molded

Description:  This application is industry’s first belt-integrated, outside door handle with switch activation to open both front and rear doors. The slender, minimalist, all-plastic, high-luster chrome-finish handle provides effortless operation, luxury feel, and quiet operation. The injection molded PC/ABS part with integrated zinc casting also features an e-handle with power-release switch to deliver a sleek, uninterrupted form that reduces mass 20% and cost 35% vs. conventional bond-on-bracket designs.

 

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For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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24
Oct
16

Body Interior Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Body Interior Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

 

CATEGORY: BODY INTERIOR

Ultrathin Seat Back

OEM Make & Model: 2017 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tier Supplier/Processor: General Motors Co. / USF

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Advanced Composites, Inc. / ToolPlas Systems Inc.

Material / Process:  GMW15548P-PP/polyethylene (PE)-M15-Type 6A, GMW15548P-PP/PE-M20 Type 4, GMW16582P-PA6-GF15 / injection molding

Description:  To solve the challenges of conventional seat construction, which limits console storage and rear-seat leg room, this product eliminates molded urethane foam from the seat back and replaces it with an all-plastic shell featuring a larger concave region that enables optimum occupant comfort. An innovative suspension system also is used that consists of a forward plastic seat back panel attached to the frame via spring joints. The technology can increase front console width by ≈ 0.8 in./20 mm and reduce seatback thickness by ≈ 2.1 in./52 mm while reducing overall vehicle cost $35-$40 USD and mass 3-4 kg.

Thin-Wall IP Substrate

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Lincoln Continental luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: Faurecia & Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd., LLC / Faurecia

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Lamko Tool & Mold Inc.

Material / Process:  Stamax 30YK270E 30% LFT-PP / injection molding

Description:  Reportedly, this is the thinnest full-size, deep-draw injection molded instrument panel (IP) in North America at 1.9 mm/0.07 in. It was achieved by injection molding a 30% glass-reinforced LFT-PP. Versus the 2.4 mm/0.09 in. microcellular-foam molded benchmark, this design was 14% lighter, saved over $1 USD in materials as well as the microcellular-foaming investment, and helped optimize packaging. Moldfilling analysis with fiber orientation was used for accurate warpage predictions and to develop tooling countermeasures to facilitate molding.

Composite Suspensions for Upper and Lower Backs

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Lincoln Continental luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: Leggett & Platt Inc. & Magna International / Summit Plastic Molding & Century Plastics

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: BASF Corp., Advanced Composites, Inc., DuPont Automotive / Summit Plastic Molding & Mega Mold

Material / Process:  Ultramid B3ZG7 OSI PA; Ultramid B3EG3 PA; ADX 5017 TPO; Delrin 100 polyoxymethylene (POM) / Multiple

Description:  Thanks to integrated composite designs, this “perfect position seat” suspension system delivers tuned suspension to optimize occupant comfort by cradling the upper back and providing side-torso support, which flexes to accommodate various occupant sizes. Special attachment features facilitate assembly and service time. The design also creates a robust dynamic crash-energy management system for rear-impact protection. Molded-in-color is used for A surfaces and craftsmanship. The system, for which 83 patents have been filed, reduces total seat weight by 8% and cost by 15% despite adding more features.

Quad-Barrel Convertible Cupholder

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Ford Super Duty pickup

Tier Supplier/Processor: Summit Polymers, Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Not stated

Material / Process: Cycolac XCY620 PC/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) / injection molding

Description:  This console design converts from 2 cupholders plus a bin to 4 cupholders with the help of a patented slider tray assembly for greater user flexibility without the need to remove and stow components when not in use. The design of the injection molded PC/ABS cupholders accommodates beverage containers ranging from small coffee cups and water bottles to large all-day beverage containers while reducing weight 70% vs. the outgoing model and lowering costs $3 USD depending on content replaced.

 

Interested in attending this year’s event?  There is still time to buy individual tickets or tables of 10 seats. Register here.

For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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23
Oct
16

Body Exterior Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Body Exterior Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

 

CATEGORY: BODY EXTERIOR

Structural Front End Module with Active Grille Shutter

OEM Make & Model:  2016 Ford Motor Co. Ford SuperDuty pickup

Tier Supplier/Processor: Shape Corp.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Celanese Corp. / Not stated

Material / Process:  Celstran 40-20 Black long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) polypropylene (PP) / injection molding

Description:  This all-composite design without metallic reinforcement is the first active grille shutter (AGS)-capable, injection-molded LFT-PP front-end module (FEM) bolster used on a heavy-duty pickup platform. Replacing steel and plastic/metal hybrids at a 3 lb/1.4 kg and $3 USD savings/vehicle, the design offers parts consolidation with locating features that aid fit & finish, improves airflow, while meeting structural requirements for part deflections of <1mm on this 8,500 lb/3,856 kg class vehicle.

Lightweight Glass

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Ford GT40 supercar

Tier Supplier/Processor: Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. / Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC

Material / Process: polyvinyl butyral (PVB) /multiple

Description:  Three of five glass positions on this vehicle feature chemically tempered glazing that is part of a thin, hybrid laminate solution with an interlayer of solar-control PVB film that reduces glazing weight approximately 37% while lowering heat transmittance to keep interiors cooler. Versus conventional 0.20 in./4.96 mm thick laminates featuring 2 layers of soda-lime glass (SLG) with a PVB interlayer, the new construction features standard-thickness layers of SLG and PVB plus a very-thin (0.03 in./0.7 mm) layer of chemically tempered glass for a total thickness of 0.14 in./3.56 mm. The resulting laminate is thinner, lighter, tougher, and offers optical advantages.

MIC High Gloss Body Color TPO Fascia

OEM Make & Model: 2017 Ford Motor Co. Ford Transit Connect van

Tier Supplier/Processor: Magna Exteriors, Inc. / Magna Exteriors, Inc. – Nascote

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Advanced Composites, Inc. / Tycos Tool & Die

Material / Process:  ADX700 ADX70004WFA thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) / injection molding

Description:  Painted fascias are prone to chip and peel, which leads to warranty costs and customer unhappiness. Additionally, painting adds significant cost with negative environmental impact. Instead, a high-gloss, weather- and mar-resistant, molded-in-color (MIC) TPO material matched to vehicle body panel color. Rigorous testing was conducted to assure the material was resistant to stone pecking and road chemicals and would not change shape when exposed to high heat. Additionally, a lens-grade mold with SP1 diamond polish and gating designed to minimize knitlines was used. The resulting part is 10% lighter, offers $800,000 USD annualized savings, and harmonizes with exterior painted components.

3D Radiator Grille

OEM Make & Model: 2017 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV)

Tier Supplier/Processor: Sam Shin Chemical Co.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: LG Chem Ltd. / A-Tech Solution Co., Ltd.

Material / Process:  Lupoy 1000MU polycarbonate (PC)

Description: A new appearance is achieved for this front grille by using “varied contouring” (variable wall thicknesses) on the B side of this injection molded, tinted PC part, which subsequently is UV coated on the A side and receives a 3-coat paint system on the B side. The end result is a unique 3D look on a 2D surface.

 

Interested in attending this year’s event?  There is still time to buy individual tickets or tables of 10 seats. Register here.

For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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22
Oct
16

Aftermarket Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Aftermarket Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

 

CATEGORY: AFTERMARKET

Dual-Option Insert Carbon Fiber Composite Fuel-Filler Door

OEM Make & Model: 2017 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Camaro sports car

Tier Supplier/Processor: Polytec FOHA Inc. / NOVO Plastics Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., SABIC, & Basler / Integrity Tool & Mold Inc.

Material / Process:  Pyrofil carbon fiber, Noryl GTX modified-polyphenylene ether (MPPE)/ polyamide (PA 6); Urethane TR; clearcoat / injection or compression molding

Description:  This fuel-filler door design features inserts of either injection molded and painted MPPE/PA6 (in black, metallic silver, or red to match body paint) or compression molded and clear coated carbon fiber-reinforced composite with visible weave. The unique design of the system accommodates either the 2.0 mm-thick injection molded or the 1.0 mm-thick compression molded insert. The specially designed tool enables the Camaro name (with a 0.25 radius) on the fuel-filler door to be painted. Proprietary material is used for the visible-weave carbon composite version and a special clear coat on that insert offers 75% cost savings.

 

Carbon Fiber Composite Spoiler

OEM Make & Model: 2016 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Corvette sports car

Tier Supplier/Processor:  deBotech, Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Solvay / deBotech, Inc.

Material / Process:  Solvay MTM5790 epoxy

Description:  This 1-piece aftermarket epoxy/carbon fiber spoiler provides a premium carbon composite appearance and enables the same aerodynamic performance as production 3-piece spoilers with different aero variants while also reducing mass by 40%. The spoiler’s unique design and proprietary tooling combines solid wickerbills and an open cavity blade plus integral threaded inserts to facilitate manufacturing and assembly. The 1-piece construction offers a cleaner appearance due to reduction of fasteners. The spoiler is offered in both clear coat with exposed weave and painted in carbon flash metallic paint.

 

Interested in attending this year’s event?  There is still time to buy individual tickets or tables of 10 seats. Register here.

For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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11
Aug
16

SPE® Announces Winners of Rehkopf, #SPEACCE Scholarships

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Today organizers for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the winners of the group’s three annual SPE ACCE scholarships sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as well as two new Dr. Jackie Rehkopf scholarships from an endowed fund that has been set up to honor the long-time SPE ACCE committee member, SPE Automotive Division board member, and automotive composites researcher.

ACCE scholarship winners are required to present the results of their research at next year’s SPE ACCE show, September 6-8, 2017, while Rehkopf scholarship winners are required to either present the results of their research at next year’s SPE ACCE or publish them in an SPE journal. Both scholarships are administered as part of the SPE Foundation®.

The two winners of the SPE ACCE graduate scholarships ($2,000 USD each) were Mr. Lu Wang of University of Maine-Orono and Mr. Srikanth Raviprasad of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A third ACCE scholarship (also $2,000 USD) for a student attending a university or college in the U.S. state of Michigan was won by Ms. Mariana Batista of Michigan State University. The two Rehkopf scholarships ($5,000 USD each) were won by Mr. Sebastian Goris of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Mr. Robert Hart of University of Iowa.

 

Lu-WangUMaineLRCroppedLu Wang won his SPE ACCE graduate scholarship with the topic:  Cellulose Nanofibrils Reinforced Polypropylene by 3D Printing for Lightweighting.  About his project and its potential impact on the automotive composites industry, Wang said, “CNF [cellulose nanofibrils], a type of nano-scale cellulose fibers, have extraordinary potential to be used as a reinforcement in polymers. They are estimated to be as strong as steel, but five-times lighter and with stiffness equivalent to high-performance aramid fibers. Compared to other kinds of reinforcements, CNF has lower density, higher specific strength and modulus, lower cost, worldwide availability, recyclability, and biodegradability. On a related subject, 3D printing has been found to benefit the automobile industry, especially for prototyping design and testing. However, two obstacles exist for 3D printing some semi-crystalline polymers like polypropylene (PP). First, the PP molecule crystallizes during printing, which leads to residual stresses and warpage of the printed layers. Second, the mechanical properties of printed polymers are only 60-80% of their injection-molded counterparts because the printing process generates many voids inside parts. Hence the two objectives of my research are to explore the use of CNF in 3D printed PP and to make printed PP parts equally strong as their injection molded counterparts.”

Wang holds a B.S. degree from the Department of Wood Science at Central South Forestry University (Changsha, Hunan, China). He continued to study bamboo-based engineering composites at Nanjing Forestry University (Nanjing, Jiangsu, China) and graduated in 2013 with an M.S. degree. He currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Forest Resources at University of Maine working under the supervision of Prof. Douglas Gardner. He has had seven journal articles published and has two more awaiting publication. To date, papers Wang has either authored or co-authored have been published in six journals (including two review articles) and two conference proceedings, and he also has authored a chapter in the book Progress in Adhesion and Adhesives. His work has been featured on posters and presentations given at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and China. He was the winner of a graduate student poster competition for the SPE Polymer Nanocomposites Conference in 2014. He also won the George L. Houston Scholarship (2014) and Blumenstock Family Forest Products Graduate Student of the Year Award (2015) from the School of Forest Resources at University of Maine. In addition, he co-mentored two students from the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) program for research on cellulose nanofiber modification and 3D printing. After graduation, Wang plans to continue working in research in the field of polymer nanocomposites at an industrial research center or a university.

Srikanth Raviprasad_croppedSrikanth Raviprasad won his SPE ACCE graduate scholarship with the topic:  Novel Structure-Material System to Resist High Velocity Impacts.  Explaining the significance of his work on the automotive composites industry, Raviprasad said, “My aim is to elevate the current technology for sandwich structures by introducing a novel cellular architecture ― triply periodic minimal surface (TPMS) ― made of polymers (primarily polyamide) as the core material in order to improve the impact response and increase the energy absorption of composite sandwich structures.  The sandwich panel’s face sheets will be designed using glass-fiber laminates of different fiber-volume fractions, with its stacking and orientation criteria inspired by examples found in nature ― like architectures of armadillo and stomatopod shells ― to effectively transfer impact load across the surface rather than through the thickness of the structure. Results from both computations and physical experiments will be compared against those obtained from traditional aluminum-core sandwich structures used today to see if we can achieve a better material response with our novel technology. If we are successful, it could effectively lead to both lighter weight and lower cost components for rough-terrain vehicles that are prone to impact loads from ground, weather, and the other conditions.”

Originally from India, Raviprasad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal University (Manipal, Karnataka, India) in 2015 and graduated as his department’s Special Achiever for two consecutive years. During his tenure as an undergraduate student, he served as the subsystem head of the Structures Thermals and Mechanisms team for his university’s student satellite project where he guided the project through a successful preliminary design review phase with the Indian Space Research Organization. Raviprasad has published over 10 papers in conference proceedings and journals, was selected as a GE Foundation Scholar-Leader in 2013, and also received a Sir Ratan Tata Travel Grant in 2015. Additionally, he was awarded a Bronze Volunteer certificate for work with the Volunteer Services Organization. As an intern, Raviprasad has worked on diverse projects in the healthcare, aero-structures, composite materials, and aerodynamics industries while at General Electric Co., United Technologies Corp., National Aerospace Laboratories, and the Indian Institute of Science. He currently works as a graduate research assistant and a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Dr. Iwona Jasiuk. He extended his professional experience by interning at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. this summer and plans to graduate by the end of 2016 with an M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering.  He also is a certified Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt, McKinley Toastmaster, PADI-certified Open Water scuba diver, and a student member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

LR_Mariana Batista-squareMariana Desireé Reale Batista won her SPE ACCE Michigan scholarship with the topic:  Hybrid Cellulose Composites: Lightweight Materials for Automotive Applications.  Describing the research she will do on this project, Batista says, “Lower weight, high strength, and high stiffness are often identified as desirable properties for parts used in both the aerospace and automotive fields. In order to achieve these engineering goals, meet the fuel economy and emissions mandates in many parts of the world, and contribute to global sustainable development, cellulose fibers have attracted considerable attention within the transportation industry. As a class of reinforcing agents for polymer composites, they have been widely studied because of their low cost, low density, high mechanical properties, and considerable environmental benefits. My proposed research is focused on development of hybrid composites combining cellulose fiber with glass fiber, carbon fiber, and talc in matrices of polypropylene or biobased polyamide, and on evaluating the mechanical and thermal properties of the resulting composites for automotive underhood and body interior applications. In this project I am investigating synergetic effects of combining various fibers, looking for the ideal concentration of each constituent, and also qualifying the fiber-matrix interphase. It is worth mentioning that hybrid composites reinforced exclusively with cellulose fibers are less frequently developed, but they also are potentially useful materials with respect to environmental concerns for automotive applications. The hybrid cellulose composites from this research may replace or reduce the use of synthetic fibers in many automotive applications leading to weight and cost savings. Therefore this new approach to the development of eco-friendly and lightweight composite materials should be beneficial to the transportation industry.”

Originally from Brazil, Batista graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2011 and received an M.B.A. degree in Administration and Business Management in 2014, both from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS, Salvador, Brazil). After graduating, she worked at Ford Motor Co. in Camaçari, Brazil as a product development engineer in the powertrain department, where she was awarded a certificate of excellence in 2012 in recognition to her good performance leading manual transmission development for Ford’s South American Operations. After several years at Ford, in 2014 Batista received a full-time scholarship from the Brazilian government (CAPES) to pursue a doctorate degree in the U.S. She currently is a doctoral student in Materials Science & Engineering at MSU working under the supervision of Prof. Lawrence Drzal. There, she works in the Composite Materials and Structures Center where her research is focused on carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composites, specifically modification of the fiber-polymer interphase with cellulose nanowhiskers. Batista’s work has been featured on posters at conferences in the U.S. During the summer of 2016, she interned at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., U.S.A., where she worked as a visiting scientist in the Sustainable Plastics and Biomaterials Research Group. She has been involved in many organizations as a volunteer, providing assistance in outreach activities and student competitions. After graduation, she plans to work in the automotive industry investigating the development of polymer composites. Batista says she hopes to share her experiences and inspire new students and researchers in the field of sustainable materials.

Goris_LRSebastian Goris won his Rehkopf scholarship with the topic:  Experimental Evaluation and Numerical Simulation of the Process-Induced Fiber Configuration in LFT Injection Molding.  About his work and its potential impact on the automotive composites industry, Goris says, “During moldfilling of LFT [long-fiber thermoplastic] materials, the fiber configuration significantly changes as reflected by fiber attrition, excessive fiber orientation, fiber jamming, and fiber-matrix separation. A major challenge in the field of LFT processing has been and remains the lack of availability of reliable measurement techniques to allow accurate fiber property measurements of sufficiently large samples in a timely manner. The goal of my research is to gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying physics behind fiber motion and the process-induced microstructure of the fibers. As one part of my research, I’m developing novel measurement concepts to evaluate the process-induced fiber microstructure to validate simulation results by using sophisticated techniques, including micro-computed tomography. Additionally, I am working on new simulation approaches and models to better predict changes in fiber configuration during processing ― in particular to control and predict the reduction of fiber length in LFT processing, which affects mechanical properties of the resultant part. As we develop expertise in measurement techniques and modeling approaches, we’ll be able to apply them to study the relationships between microstructural parameters and unsolved phenomena, such as fiber attrition and fiber agglomeration in injection molded parts. Eventually, the results of my work will translate into an improved understanding of the damage and motion of fibers during injection molding, which is necessary to fully exploit the lightweight advantages of LFT materials.”

Originally from Germany, Goris holds a B.S. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Aachen, Germany). While completing his undergraduate degree, he focused on polymer processing and worked as a research assistant at the university’s Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV). In 2012, he received a full one-year scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to attend graduate school at UW-Madison where, under the direction of Prof. Tim Osswald, he completed his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and now is pursuing a doctorate in the same discipline plus a minor in Business Administration. Already Goris has authored or co-authored papers in six conference proceedings as well as a chapter on Composites Manufacturing Processes for the Mechanical Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition. Additionally his work has been featured on posters and presentations given at conferences in the U.S., Germany, and Israel. Besides working as a graduate research assistant, Goris also holds the position of chief engineer at the Polymer Engineering Center (PEC) at UW-Madison. In 2013, his course project placed second in the Ratner Award Competition at UW-Madison. The following year he was a recipient of an SPE ACCE graduate scholarship from the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions as well as an Academic Achievement Award from the Division of International Studies and International Services at UW-Madison. In 2016, he also won a Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper award for excellence in technical writing on a topic he will present at the 2016 SPE ACCE. After graduating, Goris plans to work in research on composite materials and processes in the transportation industry.

LR_Robert HartRobert Hart won his Rehkopf scholarship with the topic:  Multi-Physics Effects in Carbon Fiber Polymer Matrix Composites.  Discussing why his research will be of interest to those working in the transportation composites field, Hart notes, “My project will focus on developing theoretical models for designed optimal composite structures for multifunctional applications. I’ll explore the use of new, advanced reinforcement media (e.g. carbon nanotubes, buckypaper, and graphene) that provide optimum combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties.  My areas of interest include damage modeling and the influence of damage on the multi-physics response in advanced composites. This research should eventually lead to the development of “smart structures” with capabilities like real-time damage sensing that will be of interest to manufactures of aerospace as well as ground vehicles.”

Currently a doctoral candidate at the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa, Hart also is a U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholar and works in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research and Development Engineering Center (TARDEC). Before starting his Ph.D. study, Hart worked for three years as an R&D and project engineer in the plastics industry for Centro Inc. (North Liberty, Iowa, U.S.A.). In that role he led the design, budget proposal, and construction of an industry-leading laboratory for material testing of cross-linked polymers. He also served as the plastics materials expert on a team that developed a novel fire-retardant, multilayer-composite fuel tank for applications in extreme operating environments. The tank was successfully commercialized and is now the flagship product produced at a new manufacturing facility Centro operates in Brazil. Upon returning to university, Hart served as a graduate teaching assistant for a mixed graduate/undergraduate course on composite materials where he was able to draw on his industry experience to guide students as they developed their own composite design projects.  He also served as a guest lecturer when the primary instructor was traveling. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. After graduating with his doctorate in 2017, Hart will work at TARDEC full time and continue to advance composites research in the ground-vehicle sector.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws over 1,000 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites.  This year’s show will be held September 7-9, 2016 at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.  Learn more: http://speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or http://specomposites.com.

 

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28
May
16

SPE® Announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards

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Dr. Lawrence T. Drzal, university distinguished professor of Chemical Engineering and director-Composite Materials and Structures Center at Michigan State University’s College of Engineering (MSU, East Lansing, Mich., U.S.A.), has been named the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). Drzal, the first academic winner of the award, is a composites expert who has specialized in surface and interfacial aspects of adhesively bonded joints plus the fiber / matrix interphase in composite materials and their processing; adhesion fundamentals; sustainable bio-based structural composite materials; and nanocomposite materials. During his career Drzal has given over 400 invited presentations at national and international conferences, published over 375 research papers, and has been awarded 35 patents. He will be honored for his role leading transportation composites innovations at the 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.

First given in 2000, the SPE Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the technical achievements of individuals whose work – in research, design, and/or engineering – has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on passenger vehicles.  Past winners include:

  • T. Battenberg III, then chairman and chief-executive officer of Delphi Corp.;
  • Bernard Robertson, then executive vice-president of DaimlerChrysler;
  • Robert Schaad, chairman of Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.;
  • Tom Moore, retired vice-president, Liberty and Technical Affairs at then DaimlerChrysler;
  • Shigeki Suzuki, general manager – Materials Division, Toyota Motor Co.;
  • Barbara Sanders, then director-Advanced Development & Engineering Processes, Delphi Corp.;
  • Josh Madden, retired executive at General Motors Corp. (GM) & Volkswagen of America;
  • Frank Macher, former CEO of Collins & Aikman Corp., Federal Mogul Corp., and ITT Automotive;
  • Irv Poston, retired head of the Plastics (Composites) Development-Technical Center, GM.;
  • Allan Murray, Ph.D., retired technology director at Ford Motor Co.;
  • David B. Reed P.E., retired staff engineer, Product Engineering, GM;
  • Gary Lownsdale, P.E., then chief technology officer, Plasan Carbon Composites;
  • Roy Sjöberg, P.E., retired staff engineer – Body, Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Div.,GM and retired executive engineer-Viper Project, Chrysler Corp.;
  • Norm Kakarala, retired senior technical fellow, Inteva Products LLC; and
  • Fredrick Deans, P.E., chief marketing officer, Allied Composite Technologies LLC.

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SPE® Announces Dates, Deadlines for 46th-Annual #SPEInnovationAwards Competition & Gala

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the dates, location, and theme for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and deadlines for the event’s annual parts competition. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., where winning part nominations (submitted by September 15, 2016) and the teams that developed them will be honored during an evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation.

“This is an important year for automakers selling into the U.S. as it represents the midpoint assessment period for 2025 CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards,” explains Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Celanese Corp. who returns as the 2016 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair. “Regulators are currently reviewing automaker status  with regard to increasing fuel-efficiency ratings toward the 2025 targets. That will put the spotlight on methods and materials for taking mass out of vehicles, which should be good for plastics and composites. We feel it’s no coincidence that the last few years have represented the highest attendance in the history of our Automotive Innovation Awards Gala and we expect that trend to continue in 2016. Automakers and their suppliers are very interested in any and all design, material, and process options that can help them meet regulatory targets while still offering exciting, safe, beautiful, and affordable vehicles that customers want to buy. This led to selection of Plastics: Innovation in Motion as our 2016 program theme.”

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