Mounting tension - composites for automotive engine mountings
Students on an Advanced Materials course at Cranfield University, UK, have developed a solution for the automotive industry that reduces weight, lowers fuel costs and reduces carbon emissions, by using alternative materials for engine mountings. Experimental static and dynamic testing was carried out to predict stress failure and identify potential materials. Based on this analysis any weight reduction of the engine mounting could be estimated, but the results need to be balanced. Factors such as materials cost and recycling, mechanical performance, and the use of lighter composites for weight reduction should be considered.