3D Woven Flax Bargeboard Component for World's First Sustainable Racing Car. In conjunction with the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, University of Warwick and Industrial partners.

Julie Soden, Graeme Stewart, Donna Campbell

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    Abstract

    The World's First Sustainable Racing Car was a life-size fully functioning Formula 3 Racing Car made primarily from sustainable and renewable resources. Academics from the University of Warwick's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (Kirwan K, Maggs S, Meredith J) created the idea and organised a consortium of material developer's, academics and Industry to produce the required parts. It was produced during a cross-discipline AHRC project developing natural fibre and eco-composite materials at Ulster. This 3D woven near-net shaped bargeboard component was produced as a static demonstrator to show the potential for aerodynamic parts to be produced using flax reinforced composites.The shape profile, fixing brackets and resin penetration through the flax weave were a particular challenge, but overall, the car has been a phenomenal success. Global publicity in print and media, high profile appearances at International racing events and academic presentations have helped make this project a resounding success.
    LanguageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2009

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    Railroad cars
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    Composite materials
    Aerodynamics
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    Keywords

    • Natural Fibre Composites
    • Sustainable motorsport
    • Eco-materials design
    • Aerodynamic parts

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