DESIGN & MANUFACTURE
The CVRC offers the industry reliable and affordable techniques for the manufacturing of lightweight, durable, and safe vehicles. Science-based process simulation models, and design by experiment, help to ensure that innovations can be converted into practical designs and manufactured economically.
The models relate the applied temperatures and pressures, and the properties of the constituent materials to the thermal, chemical, physical, and mechanical processes that occur during fabrication. The benefits include simulation models that provide a better understanding as a basis for optimization.
A manufacturing facility is being constructed to fabricate composite structures using low-cost, non-autoclave methods such as vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM). In the VARTM process, dry, net-shape fibrous textile reinforcements are infused with a liquid resin and cured in a single step to produce a structural part. Instrumented tools are being designed and fabricated for model verification and the manufacture of prototype composite structures.
Alfred Loos, Professor