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Teijin’s carbon fiber and resin used in laptop-sized automated people mover

Teijin Limited announced that thermoplastic materials made with its Tenax carbon fiber and Panlite polycarbonate alloy resin have been adopted for use in the laptop-sized automated people mover (APM), the WALKCAR, developed by cocoa motors.

The WALKCAR, which is small enough to be carried in a bag, measures just 21.5 cm by 34.6 cm, roughly the size of a 13-inch laptop computer, and weighs only 2.9 kg. The WALKCAR can travel about 7 km at a maximum speed of 16 km/h on a single charge.

Operated by simply shifting one’s center of gravity, the APM requires neither a handle nor controller, and stops automatically as soon as the operator steps off.
The sturdy but lightweight WALKCAR is made with Teijin’s thermoplastic carbon fiber reinforced laminates Tenax TPCL, thermoplastic woven fabric Tenax TPWF and polycarbonate alloy resin Panlite.Compared to steel, Tenax offers 10 times the strength at just one quarter of the weight. Panlite polycarbonate resin boasts some 200 times more impact resistance than fiberglass but only half of the weight. The impressive characteristics of these Teijin materials is why the amazing WALKCAR is able to combine low weight and high durability.


Companies: TEIJIN, WALKCAR2020.10~

Industries: Sports, Leisure & Recreation

Terms: Applications, Asia-Pacific

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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