06 July 2012 08:03

BASF Best Use of Fiber Reinforced Plastics Award 2012

Category: Competition, 2012, FSG Award

Why does BASF as The Chemical Company award the “Best Use of Fiber Reinforced Plastics”? You are right, high performance plastics are a very sophisticated form of chemicals. Together with many customers in the automotive industry BASF develops and produces glass and carbon fiber reinforced plastics and applies elaborate computational methods to design plastic parts with optimum properties. Lowest possible weight, high performance and the option for functional integration are the features that distinguish fiber-reinforced plastics from all other materials in automotive construction. Therefore, we are eager to see you students show interesting and innovative parts made of fiber reinforced plastics in the Fomula Student Germany competition 2012.

The criteria for the award are:

  • Selection of parts manufactured in fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP).
  • What are the specific benefits to realize these parts in FRP?
  • Are the parts specifically designed for the optimum use of FRP (dimensioning, fiber orientation, lay-up, use of calculation or simulation tool, design process)?
  • Choice of fiber, polymer and manufacturing process
  • Balance of costs, mechanical performance, weight reduction and functional integration
  • Are the parts suitable for small series car production (1,000 cars per anno)? How do you realize the series production?

The BASF Award is open to all teams participating in Formula Student Germany. Your team can apply for the award by submitting an abstract (max. 2 pages including all figures), which elaborates on the main features of the chosen FRP parts used in your car. Based on your pre-submitted application, up to five teams will be selected for a final explanation during FSC and FSE Engineering Design Report. Here you have to explain your FRP concept based on your application to the judges.

Please upload your application for the award via the FSG website (=> MyTeam => Events => Deadline) by July 23th 2012 12:00 CEST latest.

The winner team with the best fiber reinforced plastic parts will be awarded tickets for a motor sports event of their own choice.