Enthusiasts created a bike concept with basalt fiber bodywork

A mechanist Mark Atkinson from Utah (USA) has used basalt fiber cloth to turn into reality a bike concept from the Turkish industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. It took about two years to create BMW Alpha Bullet Bike.

Necessary rock studies of the gabbro and andesite basalt groups for the suitability as the raw material base for the production of continuous basalt fiber (CBF). A unique technique including laboratory melting and pilot-industrial melting at the high-tech equipment.

At first, Mark Atkinson used four layers of basalt fiber cloth but it came out so flimsy that it was unusable. Then he tried with seven layers and vacuum bagged them to squish out the excess resin.

To tackle a perfect nosepiece he had to change the technology again by pleating the vacuum bag between the gills. Thanks to this life hack, the master managed to get an excellent balance of the bodywork.

BMW Alpha is attractive due to unusual design, which resembles a great white shark. Mehmet says that these marine predators have always been an inspiration to him. So he decided to mimic their anatomy for Alpha’s bodywork.

Atkinson confesses the bike is not very convenient for a rider. Nevertheless, Mark set a speed record at the very first race.

Basalt fiber has long been used in the automotive industry by both amateurs and large companies. So, back in 2009, the German EDAG introduced the concept of Light Car with a basalt composite body. Recent developments include Vancouver-based electric vehicle Veemo and Malta-originated electric sports car Black Mamba with composite basalt fiber bodies.

Companies: Veemo

Countries: Malta

Industries: Automotive, Marine, Sports & Leisure

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