Automotive car seat of the future

Automotive car seat of the future


(cheerful chiming music) – We won the award for the
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Industry Engagement in Research and that was for recognition
in collaboration with our industry partners for developing
a carbon fibre composite front seat for automotive applications. And in only eight months,
we designed, manufactured, and tested this prototype
carbon fibre composite seat. – And so we’re really excited about that because it really shows
what we are capable of doing at Deakin University and at
Carbon Nexus in particular. And we have this great team of people who have a wide range of expertise in composite manufacturing, material science, and mechanical engineering. – [Mandy] What we did do is
we looked at different types of processes, which were
able to make these composites and different types of materials. And using these materials and processes, we’re able to make the seat. And then tested it and we achieved a 69% reduction in mass in comparison to the steel seat and we also improved the
pull-back strength by 25%, which means it’s safer
for the occupant as well. – So it’s got the dual sort of hard benefits of reducing weight and improving structural performance but also making it nicer
to just be inside it. – So this research is
particularly important because there’s increasing demand for automotive industries worldwide to reduce their vehicle emissions, and one way of doing
that is light weighting the components in the car. So we focused on the seats. And also this technology
can be transferred to other interior components as well. – So we think this is a
really exciting opportunity for Australian companies to get a say to the global
automotive manufacturers, “look what Australia can do.” – This research is also
important for the new start-up electric vehicle companies
in the U.S. where, to improve the range of their vehicles, light weighting is extremely important.

Eugene Islam

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