PSE Europe 2017 Surface modelled after shark skin
From 27 – 29 June 2017, PSE Europe 2017 will be opening its doors at the MOC Munich. At PSE Europe 2017, leading manufacturers will showcase innovative PU applications and solutions. Part of the shows programme is the Feature Area. In this dedicated space, exhibiting companies display innovative PU products. The exhibits showcase how Polyurethane applications enable specific product innovations.
Amongst other exhibits, visitors will find the Street Shark 4.0 courtesy of Frimo Group. The Street Shark is a spoiler on a Corvette, which has been developed with cooperation partner Callaway. The spoiler on this Corvette features an innovative three-dimensional PU sandwich construction fitted with a bionic surface structure modelled after shark skin in certain areas.
A functionally-integrated PU sandwich design in 3D format
The approach of constructing structural components in a sandwich design consisting of a lightweight core and outer layers of fiber-reinforced composite material is not new in itself. However, in the past, the comparatively higher costs of this method often led to the choice of aluminium solutions which were heavier but more cost-efficient.
Frimo took on the challenge of developing clever and economical lightweight construction solutions in this multi-sandwich design, which also include those in conjunction with bionic surfaces. For instance, this includes the cooperative Street Shark project, where a shark skin structure was attached to complex sandwich components at various stages of development.
The latest version, Street Shark 4.0, is a rear wing for a Corvette. On the automotive side, the partner in this collaboration is Callaway Competition, a company specializing in car body manufacture, vehicle repairs and modifications for racing. The rear wing for this Corvette features an innovative three-dimensional sandwich construction fitted with a bionic surface structure based on shark skin in certain areas. Another important cooperating partner in this project is Eschmann Textures, based in Gummersbach.