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Old Yesterday, 04:37 PM   #4635
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I know how well composite parts work on my R/C cars... that should hold up well in a truck bed
There are tons of ways to do composites. Generally speaking, they're a combination of 2 material types. So while most people only think of carbon fibre and fibreglass, the possibilities are practically endless. Wood is a composite, so is reinforced concrete.

Some (most?) composites are awful in applications that are subject to repeated impact stresses. But thats probably due to using ceramics in them. A metal-polymer composite should do quite well against a dropped toolbox while still being quite strong and possibly lightweight. But I don't know of any such material that actually exists outside of a lab.
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There are tons of ways to do composites. Generally speaking, they're a combination of 2 material types. So while most people only think of carbon fibre and fibreglass, the possibilities are practically endless. Wood is a composite, so is reinforced concrete.

Some (most?) composites are awful in applications that are subject to repeated impact stresses. But thats probably due to using ceramics in them. A metal-polymer composite should do quite well against a dropped toolbox while still being quite strong and possibly lightweight. But I don't know of any such material that actually exists outside of a lab.
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http://www.quadrantplastics.com/na-e...l/gmtex-R.html
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Not quite what I was thinking, though it does have nice qualities for a fibreglass. At least seems plausible for a pickup truck bed. If they could make it twice as wide but half as thick it would probably be even better.
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Not quite what I was thinking, though it does have nice qualities for a fibreglass. At least seems plausible for a pickup truck bed. If they could make it twice as wide but half as thick it would probably be even better.
Even if they couldn’t make it wider having replacable sections may be an advantage if they do get damaged.
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There are tons of ways to do composites. Generally speaking, they're a combination of 2 material types. So while most people only think of carbon fibre and fibreglass, the possibilities are practically endless. Wood is a composite, so is reinforced concrete.

Some (most?) composites are awful in applications that are subject to repeated impact stresses. But thats probably due to using ceramics in them. A metal-polymer composite should do quite well against a dropped toolbox while still being quite strong and possibly lightweight. But I don't know of any such material that actually exists outside of a lab.
Oh I'm sure GM engineers can come up with something much stronger than a composite control arm for my RC car. I did not know concrete was considered a composite though, interesting!
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