Foamed plastics in automotive for lightweighting and carbon footprint reduction

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door USING BIO-DERIVED CNC as bubble nucleating agent and reinforcement for foamed plastics in automotive application for lightweighting and decreasing carbon footprint. CARBON REDUCTION Working with industry partners, the Clemson team engineered and constructed an ultra-lightweight thermoplastics composites door that enables [...]

Novel surface grafting methods adopted to evaluate properties of CNC nanocomposite

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door CELLULOSE NANOCRYSTAL (CNC) has exceptional properties, however, its strong tendency to agglomerate during the melt processing largely hindered its application as reinforcing filler for the commodity composite. NANOCOMPOSITE We are endeavoring to address this dispersion problem, towards which studies [...]

5.81M Clemson-led project may lead to fuel-saving, ultra-light auto doors

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door A TEAM LED BY CLEMSON UNIVERSITY will soon begin a $5.81 million research project aimed at developing an ultra-lightweight door expected to help automakers in their race to meet federal fuel economy standards. SCALABLE Researchers will use carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites [...]

Foamed thermoplastics for automotive lightweighting in body-in-white applications

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door USING SUPERCRITICAL FOAM INJECTION molding technologies to lightweight hang on parts such as bumpers and trims. This is part of a four-year project that to address the needs of Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). NUCLEATING Principal investigator Dr. Srikanth Pilla, [...]

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door

Ultra-lightweight 100% recyclable scalable production door IN 2016, CLEMSON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS began work for a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to pioneer technology for fuel-savings, energy efficiency, and to meet the U.S. corporate average fuel economy standards. RECYCLABILITY Working with industry partners, the [...]