Flax fiber composites are used for production. This shift in composite source does wonders for the stiffness and cost efficiency in automotive bodywork, not to mention the minimal environmental footprint.
Flax fiber composites are an alternative to carbon fibers. Due to their bast fiber nature, they embody toughness and structural properties that allow for application in the industry.
Bcomp has considerable value in the state of the environment too – when the life of this naturally sourced product ends, it can be incinerated with normal waste. Flax fibers mostly originate from European based farmers. As flax is a water-efficient plant, processing also results in zero waste because all byproducts are used.
In the automotive industry, Bcomp forms the Flax Fibers into their trademarked powerRibs reinforcement grid.
According the Bcomp, the technology behind the powerRibs allows for bending stiffness and decreased weight, cost and environmental impact. This technology improves safety due to its vibration damping properties. Other characteristics of the powerRibs include the ability to be combined with other engineering materials. Although it can be a stand-alone product, it can be combined with other materials and used in multiple types of manufacturing.
Bcomp highlights the powerRibs capabilities in other types of manufacturing such as its use in thermoplastic injection and thermoset methods with vacuum infusion.
As Bcomp has established itself in the automotive industry, it has received numerous awards and gained traction in the aerospace industry.
The Electric GT Tesla and the Gillet Vertigo are recent examples of powerRibs reinforcement technology in the field.
Credits to Bcomp and Race Tech Motorsport Engineering