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Latest News

Toyota adopts lightweight honeycomb solution based on EconCore’s ThermHex technology for latest hybrid model Prius PHV Japanese automotive OEM Toyota has adopted an interior part using unique honeycomb material solution for its new hybrid model Prius PHV launched earlier this year.

[view details]21-09-2017

Diehl Aircabin and EconCore combine to develop aircraft interior modules based on thermoplastic honeycomb Thermoplastic honeycomb technology specialist EconCore has joined forces with Diehl Aircabin to develop next- generation solutions for aircraft interior modules during a European Commission funded project.

[view details]07-09-2017

Armageddon Energy, EconCore and Dupont develop ultra-light photovoltaic panel based on polyamide honeycomb technology Armageddon Energy, EconCore and Dupont joined forces to create a new lightweight polymer solar panel, which is one-third the weight of a standard glass solar panel while being significantly more rugged and resistant to damage than standard panels.

[view details]15-06-2017

On 17 May, the TU/Ecomotive team (sponsored by EconCore) unveiled their fourth concept car: Lina! Lina is the world's first car made from bio composites.

[view details]18-05-2017

Smallest Cell Size Thermoplastic Honeycombs Ever Next to the 3mm cell sized PP honeycomb in a very low thickness of 3 - 3.5mm which has already been marked as a great commercial success, EconCore’s daughter company ThermHex Waben launched now two other configurations of the honeycomb:

[view details]16-05-2017

Consulting

Panel, Part and Process Development for your Applications

Sandwich materials selection and optimization
EconCore offers engineering services to optimize and to select core-skin material combinations providing the optimal compromise between material cost, production cost and weight saving to allow a maximal cost saving.

Sandwich selection charts have been developed and implemented in a software tool to enable an optimization of performance per cost. In the sandwich selection charts the properties of sandwich panels from different core-skin material combinations are shown for all skin thickness/panel height ratios (t/h). The core shear deformations, the value of weight saving for the target application as well as the production costs for the core and sandwich panel are included.

In the example on the right picture the optimization for a sandwich material combination under a very common three point bending load case is shown. The table shows that weight savings and material cost savings with a factor of 5.66 are possible. The graphical representation of the material properties, reached by this sandwich material combination are shown in the sandwich materials selection charts. The effects of the core shear deformation and the value of weight saving are included in the bending performance per cost optimization chart. Furthermore, the production costs are included, which can lead to a very different optimal skin thickness/panel height ratio (t/h).

EconCore supports customers and licensees in their application development to enable a maximal cost saving and a widespread use of EconCore technologies and products.

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Sandwich materials selection chart bending performance per weight optimization

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Example: Sandwich under simple supported three point bending

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Sandwich materials selection chart bending performance per cost optimisation