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As a demonstration of the structural lightweighting technologies that Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) and Ricardo plc have partnered to introduce into the automotive sector, the two companies will be displaying a 3D composite aircraft engine compressor fan blade at the SAE 2015 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. The 3D technology in this fan blade demonstrates one of many composite technologies that Ricardo and AEC believe can address more demanding automotive lightweighting challenges.

AEC is a world leader in the design, analysis and commercial manufacture of 3D and other advanced composite parts, while Ricardo supports both car manufacturers and their suppliers as a world leader in passenger car and commercial vehicle design.In February 2015, Ricardo and AEC announced a partnership to deliver 3D composite and other lightweighting solutions to automotive customers. The relationship focuses specifically on composite technologies that provide specific stiffness, strength, durability and energy absorption to increase vehicle fuel economy while maintaining occupant safety.

The 3D composite CFMTM LEAPTM fan blade* will be on display in the Tech Hub at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI April 21-23. The Tech Hub is new to the SAE World Congress this year and focuses on the theme of Influences in Future Design for mobility engineers.

More on the Ricardo-AEC partnered offering may be found here.

*The LEAP engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group), France and GE, USA.