Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unveiling of Lamborghini's Murcielago LP 670-4



Attended the unveiling of Lamborghini's Murcielago LP 670-4 at the 2009 ASME World Congress & Expo in Orlando on Tuesday November 17, 2009.

Maurizo Reggiani- VP R&D and CTO(Chief Technical Officer)Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Spoke to the large audience about the car and the program to develop it. And since it was an audience of engineers the focus of the presentation was on the new carbon fiber features built into the car. In addition, he described the relationship they have built with the University of Washington---Advanced Composites Structures Laboratory at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics run by Paolo Feraboli--Assistant Professor.

Paolo Feraboli-spoke immediately following Maurizo Reggiani. He provided the audience with additional details on the carbon fiber program they have developed for Lamborghini in their new lab.

The two key points from the presentation include:
1) The Building Block Approach for testing the material- It reduces overall cost to obtain crash ratings thus reducing time to put the car on the road, since it follows methods developed from the Aerospace Industry.

For more info visit their site:
http://www.aa.washington.edu/research/structures/energyAbsorption.html

Standardization of Numerical and Experimental Procedures for Composite Materials Crashworthiness Energy Absorption

This project is aimed at comparing existing test methods and FEA simulation strategies. This in turn will lead to the development of a set of recommended best practices in test procedures and analytical modeling.

2)The program to improve processing carbon fiber parts--They combine RTM(Resin Transfer Molding)and Vacuforming molding methods and refer to it as VARTM.

For more details on the process visit their site:
http://www.aa.washington.edu/research/structures/vartm.html

In the recent years, the liquid resin infusion process known as Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) has shown the ability to generate primary structural components for aerospace applications, both in the military and commercial transport sectors.