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IBM's new polymer: what is the future for it in auto production?

Discussion in 'Future Vehicles' started by AudubonB, May 15, 2014.

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  1. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    IBM has announced: IBM Research: Industrial polymers
    the discovery of a polymer that is

    *lightweight
    *extremely strong
    *self-healing

    It sounds like something that might have application in auto skins - I'm especially attracted to that self-healing aspect - and, if the strength is concurrent with the appropriate parameters for rigidity and other factors, in other parts up to and including frames.

    Aluminum is fine as an alternative to steel but, as Boeing can tell you, it certainly has fatigue considerations, has corrosion characteristics that are different from those of steel but still present, is awkward to weld, and is &*$#[email protected] expensive to repair!
     

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