Basalt fiber reinforced sandwich component was used for external finishing and internal trimming of a fire engine cab.
Alpha Sigma, a start-up from Zwickau, Germany, has completed a project for Ziegler Feuerwehrgerätetechnik GmbH. They applied basalt fiber reinforced plastic with epoxy matrix to design a cab roof of MLF fire engine. The same material was used for side fenders of the crew cabin.
The roof integrates a panoramic window, a sunroof, and a holder for a flashing light. It is referred to special vehicles and these features are necessary for fire brigades to perform such important duties to the high standard and on time.
In the interior, basalt plastic was used for the headliner and the front panels.
Basalt composite can be referred to as a perfect material for the automotive due to its high strength and light weight, excellent thermal insulation properties and resistance to abrasion and corrosion.
Reduced overall car weight results in fuel saving and increasing the weight of useful equipment inside the special vehicle.
We have already covered Alpha Sigma, the team that developed basalt plastic components for Bugatti Chiron.
Basalt fiber in the automotive is also considered in the context of green technologies. Roller Team demonstrated the concept of eco-friendly camper with a basalt composite body at the Düsseldorf exhibition.