NetComposites report that recycled composites born out of joint development programmes involving Umeco, have been used to manufacture parts for the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, an all-electric prototype racing car demonstrating the potential of lightweight, sustainable ‘green’ technologies in the motorsport industry.
Umeco explain that Lola’s use of recycled composite materials follows the completion of a collaborative research and development programme involving Umeco, WMG at the University of Warwick and ELG Carbon Fibre Carbon fibres from out of life MTM49 epoxy prepreg were reclaimed by ELG and then re-impregnated with Umeco’s MTM49 toughened epoxy resin. Umeco say they, along with WMG and Lola, have performed a series of tests to determine the mechanical and impact properties of the material, with comparisons being drawn against the original prepregs. Tests showed minimal loss of strength and similar fibre stiffness to virgin prepreg. Lola has since manufactured parts for its Lola-Drayson B12/69EV using this product.
The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV
Umeco claim that flax fibres have similar mechanical properties to glass fibres, but with much lower weight and environmental impact, and they also have extremely good vibration damping and insulating characteristics. The use of renewable flax composites in ‘green’ vehicles provides a good synergy and, with this eco race car, Lola has shown that flax can even be used in high-performance, cutting-edge applications.
Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc, Collaborative Research & Technology Project Manager, Umeco said “Umeco is mindful of the impact that its operations have on the environment and is keen to promote the application of recycled composites and sustainable bio-composites. Accordingly, we actively engage with organisations seeking to develop cost-effective solutions aimed at reclaiming raw materials from our prepregs.”
The B12/69EV made headlines earlier in the year with technology which allows its composite panels to act as batteries that charge the electric vehicle during use.
Full article available at NetComposites