LARTE Design tests basalt composite for auto-tuning packages

LARTE Design tests basalt composite for auto-tuning packages
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Materials used to produce auto-tuning packages for premier car models have been tested for technical properties and coating resistance to gravel.

LARTE Design is famous for its unique auto-tuning kits produced from different composite materials including those based on basalt fiber.

The tuning studio products are presented in the USA, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Europe and got certified according to the strict standards of the German expert organization TÜV (Technische Überwachungs-Verein).

Making vehicle appearance unique, the producer seeks to guarantee both high safety for the passengers and durability for the auto-tuning components. Therefore, on its own initiative, they introduced a regular procedure for testing materials and finished components.

Since Als Tuning LLC (the company behind the LARTE Design brand) joined the Zhiguli Valley Technology Park as a resident in 2018, the testings were carried out on its site. They tested several samples at various temperatures simulating different climatic zones.

Для технических испытаний были отобраны ldf пара композитных образцов производства LARTE Design, один из которых – с базальтовым волокном, а также изделие из АBS-пластика, и кроме того композитный фальсификат от «пиратских» производителей, пытающихся копировать продукцию ателье.

The samples were comprised of the following materials: two composites from LARTE Design, one of them reinforced with basalt fiber; ABS plastic-based material; and also a composite counterfeit from a pirate manufacturer that is trying to copy the studio products.

When exposed to high temperatures, basalt composite demonstrated the highest strength. At the ambient temperatures, the other composite material got destroyed with less effort but showed greater elasticity close to basalt composite parameters.

The company says this is a guarantee to avoid the load on the body components in a minor traffic accident. When exposed to – 40 ° C, the test results were similar. 

In the tensile test, basalt composite showed the best results. The other composite sample from LARTE demonstrated higher viscosity and elasticity compared to the ABS plastic and counterfeit product.

In 2019 they also carried out another testings: resistance to the effects of gravel on the paintwork. The tests were carried out on a gravimeter in two stages: with impact angles of 45 degrees and 90 degrees.

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Six material types were tested, with two samples of each type.

  • basalt composite
  • carbon composite
  • LARTE Design composite samples with two different resin types
  • polypropylene (PP – material used for manufacturing standard bumpers)
  • ABS plastic

Carbon fiber samples were coated with varnish and special primer. All the samples were prepared for finishing using the same processes for priming and painting, and for the drying process as well.

All the samples showed high resistance to mechanical stress. However, the materials found to be the most resistant to gravel impact were those of carbon fiber, basalt fiber and polypropylene.

Nevertheless, LARTE Design stresses that basalt composite demonstrated the greatest resistance among all the other samples made using the same processes for priming and painting on the studio technological line.

Credit: LARTE Design

The studio is manufacturing basalt fiber-based components for auto tuning kits for a number of premium brands, including Infiniti, Tesla, Mercedes.

Video of testing process:

Alpha SigmaIt (Germany) uses basalt composite to produce automotive components as well.

For example, the manufacturer completed a project for Ziegler Feuerwehrgerätetechnik GmbH, making a cab roof and other parts of the fire engine. The startup had previously developed basalt composite parts and processes for the Bugatti project.

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