To reduce the weight of cars, automakers massively use composites made from lightweight but durable carbon fiber. The Italian Lamborghini was no exception. The carbon fiber samples developed by its specialists will soon be delivered to the ISS for testing in outer space.
Two years ago, it became known about the collaboration of Automobili Lamborgini with the Houston Research Institute (Texas, USA) in the framework of a joint project to develop materials for biomedical devices. The materials obtained in the course of these studies will find application in other areas, in particular, in the creation of spacecraft and lighter and more durable cars.
Within six months, scientists will conduct a series of experiments with these samples, subjecting them to extreme conditions of outer space: temperature fluctuations from -40 to +200 ° C, absolute vacuum, as well as the effect of powerful cosmic radiation and corrosion by atomic oxygen.
After that, the composites will be returned to Earth, where Lamborghini specialists will compare them with control samples that have not left the planet.
The tests will be carried out on five different samples made from different carbon fibers. Among them is a promising 3D-printed composite fiber that reportedly combines exceptional flexibility with mechanical strength comparable to high-quality aluminum.