The principal drivers of the transport sectors are customers’ expectation, competitive differentiation and regulatory compliance. Consequently product 'lightweighting' has become a major focus in improving the customer experience, improving fuel efficiency, or battery range for EVs, and reducing emissions.
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. The horizon for further composite adoption opportunities however are rapidly narrowing. Consequently, OEMs are experiencing diminished returns with increasing investment.
The problem is unreliable structural opportunities with composite-to-composite and composite-to-metal adhesive joining. This has disrupted the integration of composites into primary, or core, structures in their assembly, multi-part, format. To avoid this issue, high-end manufacturers are using operationally complex and costly 'monocoque', or one-piece, composite constructions.
In short, high performing composite structural applications are either commercially impractical for the mass producers, or have life-span issues in terms of reliability and warranty cause by alternative fixation techniques.
PlasmaBound's Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA) pre-treatment process would revolutionise these industries, facilitating reliable structural bonding, and thus, commercially viable composite adoption opportunities to many transport sectors. Enabling OEMs to achieve further reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, while increasing fuel efficiency through the decreased product weight.
Improved Payload Fraction
Reduced Running Costs