Imaginative and prescient Composite Merchandise chosen IDI Composites’ Ultrium™ U660 for its carbon fiber solid wheels.
With a view to survive harsh circumstances, corrosion, and highway hazards, automotive aftermarket wheels have to be robust and sturdy. To boost drivability with velocity, acceleration, and secure stopping time, in addition to to assist with gasoline effectivity, the wheels have to be light-weight. And to attraction to the patron’s eye, the wheels should be sporty. It is a tall order, and Imaginative and prescient Composite Merchandise (Imaginative and prescient) partnered with IDI Composites (IDI) to make use of IDI’s Ultrium™ U660 carbon fiber composites to develop high-performance Carbon Fiber Cast (CFF) wheels to fulfill these various wants.
Engineers at Imaginative and prescient researched supplies for design of a wheel that may outperform conventional efficiency wheels forged and solid with aluminum alloy and determined upon composite supplies as the answer. To create the new CFF wheels, the staff partnered with IDI and the 3i Know-how Heart. By utilizing Ultrium™ carbon fiber composites, and A&P Know-how’s steady Netshape® preforms in a carbon fiber solid molding course of, high-volume manufacturing is attainable at a price aggressive to the cast aluminum manufacturing course of. The brand new wheel is as much as 30% lighter than solid aluminum wheels.
Testing was intensive on the brand new CFF wheels, and the wheels handed SAE/DOT lifecycle testing by three to 5 occasions the usual necessities.
“Ultrium™ is the best materials for Imaginative and prescient’s new Carbon Fiber Cast wheels,” defined Kevin Cahill, director of composite expertise for IDI Composites. “Ultrium™ is extraordinarily light-weight and sturdy, with a ravishing look that has the power to resist excessive masses skilled on excessive efficiency automobiles. This materials ensures that these wheels won’t solely carry out properly, however the moldability of thermoset composites permits for price optimized and modern design choices.”
“Our 3i Composites Know-how Heart is really an asset that helps make initiatives like these potential.” stated Tom Flood, vice president and basic supervisor of IDI Composites Worldwide. “The 3i Know-how Heart’s testing capabilities and devoted staff of composite chemists and engineers permits IDI to drive innovation and push the efficiency boundaries of composites past the worth limitations of typical supplies.”