Central to the lightweighting effort is the adoption of fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. These materials are stronger and considerably lighter than both High Strength Steel and Aluminium.
PlasmaBound provides a step-change technology, termed Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA), which facilitates the structural adhesive joining of lightweight materials, namely carbon and glass fibre reinforced composites.
The CPA technology will support the accelerated adoption of these lightweight composite materials into multi-material structural assemblies, by enabling reliable adhesive joining which is stronger than the composite structures themselves. Furthermore, the technology is bolstered by 3 additional features: no waste production, reduced reliance on metal fasteners and lower production cost through operation simplification (in-line).