SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET) – Speakers from Valeo Lighting and General Motors will cover topics critical to the future of auto composite material design at a Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoset Division conference.
The division's annual Topical Conference (Topcon) is scheduled for Jan. 24-25 in San Antonio.
James E. Johnson, principal engineer in R&D, materials and process development, at Valeo's lighting business will speak about thermoset materials in automotive forward lighting. The paper will present the technical background of material choices for headlight reflectors and various components in current and future systems.
Libby Berger, of General Motors' R&D Center, will discuss development of a structural composite automotive underbody. The design, which has been developed and tested by the Automotive Composites Consortium, is made via compression molded sheet molding compound (SMC), with a vinyl ester matrix and predominately glass fabric reinforcement, with some chopped glass.
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