All products have an environmental impact, a fact customers are increasingly aware of as they take an interest in their carbon footprints. In the automotive industry, there is a global push to reach zero vehicle emissions by 2050 to satisfy consumer demand and increasingly stricter environmental laws. To do so, leading vehicle manufactures and their partners are embracing lightweighting and electrification. Composite materials are key to making vehicles lighter so they can use smaller engines that consume less energy and produce fewer emissions. For the high-volume production models (body panels, frames, housings), an increasingly adopted technique is the manufacturing of critical components through injection molding with short-fiber reinforced plastics.
Thyssenkrupp Presta is leveraging its longstanding competencies in materials, components and systems to lead automotive digital transformation processes. Ansys Mechanical’s short fiber reinforced composite workflow helped thyssenkrupp Presta reach the targeted 50% weight reduction with respect to the original metal part to meet mechanical performance and OEMs requirements. The adoption of an innovative and lightweight plastic housing for its steering system supports both the ecological and economical goals of thyssenkrupp Presta and helps the company lead the evolution of the steering systems for the automotive market of tomorrow.