High-Performance Composites

MAR 2013

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS award-winning urban bicycle frame made from toughened prepreg source: UBc gmbh/photo © UBc gmbh Uber design house UBC GmbH (Murr, Germany) counts among its clients Formula 1 racing teams and automakers Porsche, Bugatti and Audi. When UBC applied its accumulated expertise to a completely new urban bicycle concept, company CEO Ulf Bräutigam says, "We gave our designers carte blanche ... telling them they could more or less ignore the bicycle production rulebook." Called the coren, it comes in three models: Single Speed, Pedelec (electric version) and Fixie. The innovative frames, with flattened top and down tubes, were drafted by UBC designer Christian Zanzotti, resulting in a low overall bicycle weight of 7.7 kg/17 lb in the Single Speed version. UBC turned to Cytec Industrial Materials (formerly Umeco, Heanor, Derbyshire, U.K.) to supply autoclavecure prepregs that could deliver the necessary mechanical performance and impact resistance. The company chose Cytec's trademarked MTM49-3, an 80°C to 160°C (176°C to 320°F) cure, toughened epoxy resin reinforced with high-tensile-strength woven and unidirectional carbon fiber, and compatible adhesive film. UBC technicians hand layed the prepregs in aluminum tooling, taking 40 hours to complete one frame. Sebastian Wegerle, UBC's product and marketing manager, says, "We selected Cytec's prepregs because they are reliable, have a good reputation in the motorsport and aviation sectors, and we were able to choose from a wide range of fibers and resin systems to provide the best material properties." Says UBC engineer Marco Noack, "The frame ... is manufactured in a cleanroom, in accordance with motorsport and premium-vehicle construction standards." ISPO MUNICH, a sports business trade show, recently bestowed on the coren Single Speed its 2012 ISPO Brand New Award. JEC Europe 2013 Country of Honor TURKEY Porte de Versailles AUTOMOTIVE THERMOPLASTICS +32,000 visitors ■ +50,000 sqm of exhibit space ■ +1,200 exhibiting brand names ■ 250,000 connected professionals ■ 100 countries represented ■ 150 conferences & sessions ■ 65 useful contacts per exhibitor (on average) AERONAUTICS x2 x1 Get 50% on your access badge online at: www.jeccomposites.com/badges YOUR CODE: JE1350 54 | high-performance composites PROCESS Biocomposites x3 MATERIALS AUTOMOTIVE Sustainability DESIGN WIND ENERGY TRADE SHOW & DEMO ZONE l.C.S. / CONFERENCES lNNOVATlON AWARDS & SHOWCASE BUSlNESS MEETlNGS JOB CENTER TECHNlCAL SALES PRESENTATlONS The N°1 Composites Network in the World

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