Project Announcement: Thermoplastic Forming of Lightweight Vehicle Structures
The U.S. Army is partnering with industry and academia to demonstrate the benefits of forming thick thermoplastic composite vehicle structures using a low-cost manufacturing process. This project will evaluate the benefits that include:
- Improved cycle times for induction heating process compared to traditional autoclave heating.
- Reduced capital equipment and tooling costs due to the lower material consolidation pressures.
- Reduced fuel consumption due to the development of lightweight vehicle structure prototypes.
To learn more about this project contact CTMA@ncms.org. We encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).