Scott Bader’s Crestapol resins have produced a carbon fiber component that helps to protect the rear and expanded boot of the Corvette.
Scott Bader’s Crestapol resins have produced a carbon fiber component that helps to protect the rear and expanded boot of the Corvette.

Scott Bader and material supplier Shape Corp says that they have produced the auto industry’s first curved pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam.

The beam, designed for the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, has been made using Scott Bader’s Crestapol urethane acrylate resins, which reportedly offer weight savings while maintaining strength.

According to Scott Bader, this is the first ever pultruded part within an automotive application.

‘This part is assembled in body, so the part gets dipped and exposed to elevated temperatures,’ said Toby Jacobson, plastic materials and process manager at Shape Corp. ‘The Crestapol resin provided a solution against other alternatives without compromising performance or process speeds. In addition, this part has impact requirements, so resin selection played an important part in meeting all of the challenging requirements.’

As well as this, Scott Bader’s Crestabond adhesives are used to bond the bumper beam to the steel structure at the rear of the car.

This story uses material from Scott Bader, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.