Webinar: Composite materials in autonomous transportation

Aired on March 16, 2021

Composite materials are everywhere today – from cars, boats, and drones, various space and security applications, sports equipment, medical equipment, and any place where the materials need to be strong with low weight.
In this webinar, we will review various common composite material systems, discuss the challenges and requirements in manufacturing parts for the autonomous vehicle industry, the most appropriate manufacturing method for which product, and the most innovative developments in the world of composite materials.
We will also look at how to apply the special properties of complex materials in the manufacture of vehicles and aircraft, and what needs to be taken into account to work with these materials.

10:00-11:00 | Introduction to Composites for autonomous vehicles and UAVs – Ben Raviv (English).
The webinar will cover the basic concepts behind composite structures, how we use them in the autonomous vehicles and UAVs industries, and what are their advantages over other materials. We will also cover novel applications and materials, and learn what are the common manufacturing processes applicable to what we want to manufacture.
We will cover various composite systems commonly found in hi-tech applications, and how to choose the right fibers and resin system, which production methods are most suitable for which products, and what are some of the newest game-changers in the world of composites. We will take a look at how to utilize the unique properties of composites in manufacturing vehicles and drones, and what we need to take into consideration when working with these materials.

11:00-12:00| Thermoplastic composite materials in autonomous transportation- Yehiel Shaham (Hebrew).
Thermoplastic composite materials (TPCs) are gaining high demand in lightweight applications in the aerospace, automotive, and energy industries. The aerospace performance combined with design flexibility and production rates of the automotive industry, make TPCs a leading candidate for autonomous transportation applications both ground and aerial. We will discuss the demands and challenges in part production for autonomous vehicles and how TPCs help in overcoming these challenges, by presenting technologies and applications from the automotive and aerospace industries.
– Demands and challenges in part production for autonomous transportation
– Motivation to use TPCs
– What are thermoplastic polymers
– TPCs Advantages and challenges; why now?
– Material forms
– TPC technologies and processes (ATL/AFP, Thermoforming, Compression molding, over-molding / Hybrid molding, welding).
– Applications Focus on automotive
– Conclusions.