Miura, M., Hayashi, K., Yoshimoto, K., and Katahira, N., "Development of Thermoplastic CFRP for Stack Frame," SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-0532, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-0532.
Weight reduction for a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is important to contribute a long driving range. One approach to reduce vehicle weight involves using a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) which has a high specific strength and stiffness. However, a conventional thermoset CFRP requires a long chemical reaction time and it is not easy to introduce into mass production vehicles. In this study, a new compression-moldable thermoplastic CFRP material for mass production body structural parts was developed and applied to the stack frame of the Toyota Mirai.