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A solar-powered car made with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic for World Solar Challenge

News International-French

29 Jul 2015

The Teijin Group announces that Toho Tenax, the core company of the group’s carbon fibers and composites business, and GH Craft, also a member of the Teijin Group, are supporting Kogakuin University in developing an advanced solar-powered car made with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

The Teijin Group supplied the university with ultra-lightweight fabric made with Tenax carbon fiber, which was used to design and fabricate the racing vehicle’s 2-seater body. GH Craft has been involved from the concept stage in developing the all-carbon composite body. Tenax ultra-lightweight fabric enabled the bodyweight to be reduced by 55kg, but still ensures practicality and safety, as well as the tensile modulus (rigidity) and tenacity (strength) needed to withstand endurance racing.

Toho Tenax, together with Sakai Ovex, developed an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber fabric as thin as 0.06 mm in 2010. The CFRP produced with this material was used to fabricate the car body.

GH Craft, founded in 1972, is engaged in all stages of composite structure fabrication, including design, molding and structural evaluation. It is a leader in developing CFRP composite structures for transportation, including in the automotive, marine, rail and aerospace industries, as well as wind power generation equipment in the energy field.

In addition to thermoset CFRP developed by Toho Tenax and GH Craft, the Teijin Group is researching and developing thermoplastic CFRP at its Teijin Composites Innovation Center. Teijin markets thermoset and thermoplastic CFRP applications through its Automotive Business Development Group.

Going forward, the Teijin Group will continue to leverage its all-round capabilities to develop advanced CFRP solutions for automotive purposes.

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