2014 Fall/ sponsored project with American Chemistry Council
Many companies want to find solution to reduce their vehicles’ weight and also make them strong without heavy materials. They are trying to use aluminum and carbon fiber plastic. I think plastic parts are much more effective way to make them strong and light.
However, these days only few companies use reinforced plastic as specific parts. This is because, carbon fiber is very expensive and it is too much difficult to make all the parts of vehicle. In the future, innovation of plastic makes it possible to change all the materials of automobile industry. Thus, we need to think about how to change and how to use these kinds of stuff design wise.