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Project Street Shark awarded JEC Innovation Award in Atlanta

Innovative lightweight construction solutions won awards in a total of ten categories at the JEC Innovation Awards during the third JEC Americas, which took place in Atlanta in May. A panel of internationally renowned experts selected the best composite material innovations according to the criteria of technical excellence, market potential, partnership and originality. FRIMO won the award for its collaborative Street Shark project in the Automotive category.

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PU Composites enable Shark skin effect for future surface design also within the automotive industry

The special microstructure on the body surface of sharks is one of the most fascinating examples in the field of bionics. The tooth-shaped scales of the shark’s skin reduce flow resistance – which is why man has long tried to imitate that effect.

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Series production within reach

Huntsman Polyurethanes has further developed its polyurethane system technology marketed under the name Vitrox® in such a way that low viscosity can be maintained for almost any freely selectable period of time after the start of mixing.

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Low pressures and temperatures permit IMC

The field of shark skins has already been the subject of experimentation for many years now. Before now, however, there was still no reliable manufacturing process which could produce finished components straight from the mold. The completely new approach adopted by FRIMO and Huntsman was used to develop a solution enabling a production process that works with low internal pressures of less than 10 bar.

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Street Shark

The “street shark” is a BMW Z4 with engine hood and roof module made of a Vitrox®-based composite in 3D core sandwich construction with a shark skin surface. The first prototype component, an engine hood for a BMW Z4, was produced in a weight-optimized sandwich design. It was the result of a collaborative effort together with one of FRIMO’s partners, 3D-Core, whose fields of activity include shipbuilding, among other things.

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