The primary goal to develop reference hybrid joint solutions (adhesive and fastener) using group one adhesives.
Regulatory pressures are driving the entire global transportation industry to reduce carbon emissions. Vehicle weight reduction is a primary strategy to reduce fuel consumption. To achieve this, developers have turned to non-traditional materials such as carbon fiber reinforced composites and mixed metals. However, incorporation of these materials introduces added complexity in the form of engineering, fastening and joining, and galvanic corrosion. More importantly, weight reduction cannot come at the expense of occupant safety.
Project team members will evaluate a range of physical structural joint configurations backed up by modeling and simulation of each configuration. These joint configurations will ultimately be developed and bonded together with a low-temperature cure high strain capable adhesive system, high-temperature cure high strain capable adhesive system, and a low-temperature cure elastomeric adhesive system, which will be validated under laboratory conditions.
Those interested in participating in this project should contact John Keippala by October 15, 2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).