Bcomp develops sustainable lightweighting solutions for high performance applications from sports to space.
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powerRibs™ reinforcement, inspired by leaf veins cuts weight, environmental impact and costs while improving performance
powerRibs™ is an extremely lightweight, high performance natural fibre composite reinforcement grid. The proprietary technology is inspired by leaf veins that give stiffness at minimum weight and is designed to create a rib structure on one side of a thin-walled shell element. Perfect for high-performance applications such as replacing or reinforcing carbon fibre in motorsport bodywork, as well as decreasing weight in automotive interior parts, it is a truly revolutionary technology. Key benefits: * Tripled flexural bending stiffness * Decreased weight, cost and environmental impact * Improved safety with enhanced crash behaviour * Increasing vibration damping properties by up to 250% * Preferably combined with ampliTex™ technical fabrics for a full natural fibre layup, but can also be combined to other engineering materials, such as carbon fibre, glass fibre and aluminium to name a few to improve stiffness, decrease weight and reduce material use.
Lightweighting solutions for automotive interior panels
Up to 40% lighter automotive interior panels, using 80% less plastic thanks to powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ reinforcement
Bcomp has developed natural fibre solutions for automotive interior panels that can reduce weight by 40%, thus reducing fuel consumption/increasing reach, as well as reducing the amount of plastics used vs standard parts by up to 80%. Moverover, safety is improved as debris is confined in the event of a crash. Furthermore, the parts manufacturing process is highly efficient and can be integrated in modern high speed production lines and the cost neutral, thus making it viable for OEM to implement. The solutions are currently used in development projects with global OEMs and Tier 1's. powerRibs™ are used on the B-side, creating a lightweight yet stiff reinforcing rib structure, inspired by the vains in leaves. The A-side can have a visual layer of choice, for a full natural fibre layup we recommend ampliTex™ technical fabrics. Bcomp's solution for automotive interiors won the JEC Innovation Award in 2018. Variations of the solutions are also involved in development projects for aerospace and space applications.
Lightweighting solutions for Motorsports bodywork
Replace carbon with natural fibres for improved safety, better cost efficiency and up to 75% lower CO2 footprint.
Bcomp's lightweighting solutions for motorsports bodywork makes it possible to replace carbon fibres with natural fibres, thus reducing costs by up to 30%, CO2 footprint by 75%, improving human safety and health without toxic carbon dust and sharp carbon shattering, as well as enabling viable end-of-life options. By using Bcomp's powerRibs™ reinforcement grid and ampliTex™ technical fabrics, high quality bodywork can be produced at serial scale using RTM technology. The products are currently used in serial production for several of the most sold racecars, thus proving the technology. The technology was a finalist for the JEC Innovation Award together with Porsche AG and Fraunhofer WKI in 2019. Motorsports is also a strategic stepping stone to raise awareness and reach large-scale automotive. The products are found on under the tagline #ThisIsNotCarbon across social media.