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Huntsman Materials Used for Urban Electric Car

Huntsman Advanced Materials (Duxford) : 08 March, 2011  (Application Story)
The French-designed U-Box aims to demonstrate a concept electric car built using sustainable materials. It uses materials from ithe Hunstman Araldite range.
The 'U-Box' has been designed and produced by French design company, D3.

Huntsman's involvement not only concerned the materials, but included the preparation of moulds using seamless modelling pastes and boards. It also involved new concepts for developing different automotive components using stereolithography and rapid manufacturing resins, as well as the use of encapsulation solutions for the car's electronic components.

The broad application of high performance composites was a significant factor in increasing the performance and exclusivity of the vehicle's design. As such, new materials including renewable flax and basalt fibres for reinforcing composite parts have been used in combination with toughened resins as well as halogen free, fire resistant resin and flexible composite.

The 'U-Box' also benefits from a new resin range that can be used in fast cycle, resin transfer moulding (RTM) for high volume, automotive and mass transportation parts production.

During assembly, several composite bonders were used offering high strength, high flexibility or high temperature resistance. In addition to this, NRG Wheels equipped the vehicle with composite wheels.

As a production model, the 'U-Box' could be used as an industrial site vehicle or for park and ride hospitality services at events. Its two pallet capacity could also support short distance deliveries in inner cities.
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