Provide a 7 pages analysis while answering the following question: Carbon Fibre Composite Materials on Vehicles. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. The second section explains the issues of how the high production rates needed for many standard classes of automotive correspond to the use of such composite materials with respect to their processing characteristics. The third section concludes the paper by giving reasons as to why some niche vehicle manufacturers are currently moving away from carbon fibre components for their medium production volume automotive structures because of their long processing time needed for a high-quality carbon fibre composite material, and it is to this that I now turn.
Jones et al. (2011) argue that for the materials to be accepted in the automotive industry it has to possess suitable properties and characteristics before being approved. Some of these properties are as a result of laws and legislation with the environmental and safety concerns and majorly the satisfaction of the customer’s taste (Chung 1994). Due to these considerations, the use of composites in transport industries as alternatives to traditional materials has been adopted due to the impressive mechanical properties and their low densities which promote their structural applications where lightweight is considered critical to final design. this ensures a higher performance for a given weight leads to fuel savings. Quality strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios can be achieved by composite materials, as this is always expressed as strength divided by density and stiffness divided by density (Elmarakbi 2014). Initially, in the automotive industry, there was the use of metals such as aluminium and steel which were of high densities i.e. aluminium has 2.7g/cm3 and steel 7.8g/cm3 which resulted into low speed and high fuel consumption due to their weight (Evans et al. 2003). These put the automakers into the task to develop lightweight materials with preferably high strength of stiffness and corrosion-resistant.