Energy Absorbing Felt Reinforced Composites
Tech ID: 21106 / UC Case 1997-002-0
Technology DescriptionResearchers have developed a fiber reinforced felt-based hybrid composite having good crash-management properties while maintaining the desired strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios, as well as the corrosion resistance and durability required for automotive and aircraft usage. Substitution of one or more layers of a composite-reinforced fiber for nonwoven felt material ("needle" or "needle punch" felt) results in hybrid composites having significant cost savings over an all-fiber composite while being as effective for crash energy management.
- Effective crash energy management.
- Any desired shape or form may be molded, thus the product may be tailored to the specific application.
- Multiple layers of felt and fiber reinforcement may be used to tailor the crash and/or noise management properties to the specific application.
- Unlimited range of component shapes are possible depending upon the intended application.
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||5,866,215||02/02/1999||1997-002|