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OCTOBER 2018 54 CompositesWorld WORK IN PROGRESS roofline to the lower body and surround the windshield. Carbon fiber, with its high stiffness properties, reduces window and door opening displacements, thereby minimizing the kind of distortion that could lead to fracturing of the glass. Quadriaxial (0°, 90°, ±45°) quasi-isotropic fiberglass material is used where high strength and stiffness are especially critical, notably where suspension components interface, where mirrors and lights and other exterior elements are connected, and in areas subject to high compression — for example, where airbags interface with the body and at the major drive-axle connection. e layup is vacuum bagged, infused with a catalyzed vinyl ester resin system and cured at room temperature. Interior components and attachments Interior composite panels in wheel well boxes (which provide storage areas for electronic equipment), structural composite FIG. 3 Bonding of roof and bus body Roof and bus body subassemblies are permanently bonded together into a monocoque structure that supports all bus loads. Source | TPI H i g h T e m p e r a t u r e B o n d T o o l s • BMI • Epoxy M i l l F i x t u r e s P r e s s u r e I n t e n s i f i e r s / C a u l s B a c k u p S t r u c t u r e M a t e r i a l s • Panels, Tubes, Angles B a c k u p S t r u c t u r e K i t s C O M P O S I T E T O O L I N G 6262 W. 34th Street South ● Wichita, KS 67215 Phone: 316-946-5900 ● Email: YOUR PARTNER IN... COMPOSITE CURING OVENS B a t c h O v e n s • C o n v e y o r O v e n s • D r u m H e a t e r s Questions? We'd be happy to help and welcome the opportunity to do business together! So give our Engineers a call at 419.502.2780 or email us at Visit us online:

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