Project Details

[Return to Previous Page]

Investigate Composite Materials for use as Lighter-Weight, Structural Components in HD Truck Applications while Considering the Materials Recyclability and Sustainability

Company: Volvo Group North America

Primary: MATSE
Secondary: IE
Optional: ME

Non-Disclosure Agreement: YES

Intellectual Property: YES

The purpose of this project is to research and assess alternate materials that may achieve lower weight in structural components while still meeting the application requirements of a HD Truck. Therefore, we are proposing to evaluate composite materials which can be used in structural applications. Unique goals are to ensure the composite material offers similar strength and durability to reference components with reduced weight while considering aspects of recyclability and sustainability. Within this project, the expectations are: 1. Conduct a literature review and research of Composite Materials (i.e. Fiberglass + Polyamide and other know composite materials) 2. Propose materials with sufficient mechanical properties to work in structural applications 3. Further propose materials that are Recyclable and Sustainable 4. Investigate and provide a cost analysis of the materials 5. Select material(s) to be prototyped and tested



Our mission is to help bring the real-world into the classroom by providing engineering students with practical hands-on experience through industry-sponsored and client-based capstone design projects. Since its inception, the Learning Factory has completed more than 1,800 projects for more than 500 different sponsors, and nearly 9,000 engineering students at Penn State University Park participated in such a project.

The Learning Factory

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802