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A fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composite internal combustion engine has been designed, manufactured and tested. The aims of the project were threefold: to investigate the advantages of introducing plastics to engines, to develop FRP materials for stressed components and the specific application requirements of the automotive industry, and to develop the high volume manufacturing technology for tooling and finished part production of complex and realistic FRP components. Recycling issues and the potential applications to internal moving parts were not within the scope of this project. Some of the potential benefits of introducing FRP to engines are reductions in weight, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and the time to warm up from ambient. Knock-on benefits would include reduced levels of exhaust emissions, improved fuel economy and faster vehicle heater response from cold. Volume production studies investigated the effect of injection moulding parameters on process cycle time and moulding quality. They also developed the processes for preform manufacture in terms of forming base sheet, cutting and robotic handling. In parallel, a process parameter investigation of resin transfer moulding and a flow chart of production process flow were made. These enabled accurate cost studies of the complete engine block to be made.

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Authors: BOWMAN T J, Ford Motor Company (UK) Ltd., Research and Engineering Centre, Basildon (GB);CUMMING B S, Ford Motor Company (UK) Ltd., Research and Engineering Centre, Basildon (GB);GILMORE P R, Ford Motor Company (UK) Ltd., Research and Engineering Centre, Basildon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13249 EN (1992) 132 pp., FS, ECU 13.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3141-9
Record Number: 199210592 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en