An impressively lightweight Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicle frame woven from carbon fiber can be easily assembled, repaired, and recycled.
Developed by a team from the University of Warwick using composite components from Transport Design International, the prototype frame features a body shell made up of a tubular superframe chassis. Damaged sections of the chassis can be removed and replaced, and the beams are made from recyclable thermoplastic material. The beams also vary in wall thickness depending on their placement while maintaining the same diameter—which standardizes joints and reduces manufacturing costs.
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