Partners: Lotus; Jaguar Land Rover; Queen’s University Belfast; Bioethanol and Orbital Corporation
Lightweight Crashworthy Train Cab
NewRail, Newcastle University, Bombardier Transportation UK, AP&M
Weight reduction is a major issue in the rail industry where heavier vehicles use more energy and are more likely to cause track damage than lighter trains. Made from lightweight, but fully crashworthy composite materials, the prototype rail cab developed through this project could represent a real alternative to existing steel cabs.
Low-cost carbon composite chassis
Delta Motorsport, Advanced Composites Group, KS Composites, Penso Consulting
This project adapted approaches from the mainstream auto industry to design and manufacture a carbon-composite chassis for Delta’s E-4 coupe. By using simple, constant thickness panels, spot-welded together the team achieved a weight saving of 50 – 75 per cent over a comparable steel monococque at a commercially viable cost.