YCOM: Sustainable alternative to carbon-fiber...

Sustainable alternative to carbon-fiber for motorsport crash structures


The successful crash-test of a natural fiber Front Impact Absorbing Structure (FIAS) has been unveiled. Designed by advanced technology company YCOM srl, Stradella di Collecchio/Italy, and using high performance ampliTex flax fibers from the solutions provider for natural fiber reinforcements Bcomp Ltd., Fribourg/Switzerland,

it proves that natural fibers can play an important role for structural- and safety critical parts. The crash box is designed to optimize the performance of the ampliTex natural fiber reinforcements and was tested at the FIA-approved test house of Politecnico of Milan/Italy, producing results in line with a traditional carbon-fiber structure. The material not only shows the desired, even crash behavior required from a safety perspective, but also eradicates the danger of sharp splintering. Furthermore, natural fiber composites waste can be used for thermal energy recovery. For the motorsports industry, this proves that high-performance natural fibers can be used for significantly wider applications than previously thought, reducing the environmental impact, and enabling technology transfer to mobility. The natural fiber FIAS prototype designed as a proof of concept is currently approx. 40% heavier than its carbon-fiber counterpart but still enables a CO2 reduction of approx. 50% on the composite side.


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