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Assured Use of Release Agents and Adhesives in the Same Production Process

  • André Kraft
  • Kai Brune
Production Surfaces

Structural components made of CFK have proved most effective in motor sport. The implementation of lightweight concepts for all road vehicles using composite materials is possible by intelligent design and the management of reliable joining methods. The use of adhesive bonding processes in the car manufacturing industry is paving the way here, with organisational matters regulated by standards and advanced methods for extended quality assurance testing in the production.

Lightweight design in the automotive industry would today be unimaginable without the use of composite materials. The BMW Group in particular is employing ever more carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the manufacture of structural components. An example is the passenger cell, the so-called Life module, of a BMW i8 shown in Figure 1. Production processes involving hybrid design, which combine different materials and allow increased freedom of design, require the effective use of reliable joining technologies at...


Adhesive Bonding Release Agent Cohesive Fracture Wetting Pattern Technical Quality Assurance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Kraft
    • 1
  • Kai Brune
    • 2
  1. 1.BMW AGLandshutGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer IFAMBremenGermany

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