Drive shafts

IFC Composite GmbH has expanded its product range to include powertrain parts for torque transmission, revolution speed transmission and power design are paying particular attention to drive shafts. By using fiber composites instead of steel and by integrating additional functions, weight can be reduced within this structural component in a particularly efficient way. Three-piece drive shafts become two-piece parts, and two-piece drive shafts become one-piece ones.
It is estimated that the future market volume among German automobile manufacturers alone is up to 300,000 fiber composite tubes. Thanks to the enormous tensile strength of the fibers, two-piece drive shafts can be reduced to one-piece shafts without any extra cost. IFC Composite expects great market potential in the future.


Drive shaft manufacturers see fiber composite drive shafts as the next innovative leap forward, yet not as their own core competence. This is a great opportunity for IFC, as their engineers have experience in developing and manufacturing pipes made from GFRP, CFRP and also hybrid solutions.


IFC has also developed 'bioprop', the first drive shaft made from renewable raw materials, together with IFA Technologies. This offers two environmentally-friendly effects at once: consumption-reducing lightweight design in the vehicle and CO2-neutral recycling capabilities. Hemp forms the basis of the prepreg winding tubes. In contrast to CFRP and GFRP products, the environmentally-friendly product can subsequently be burned in a CO2-neutral manner.

Filament winding

Filament winding enables high-quality hollow parts and tubes to be produced from fiber-reinforced plastics. Fiber strands made from carbon or glass fibers are wound around a cylindrical or conical rotating core and undergo a resin impregnation procedure.

 

The plastics Duroplast and Thermoplast are well-suited as matrix materials. The core used is either reusable or cannot be reused as it dissolves or remains in the component during the winding procedure.

 

Wound fiber composite materials, which are generally produced automatically, are also being used more and more frequently in automobile manufacturing.