Aerospace Materials

SPEEDWERKS leverages its experience in the Defense & Aerospace Industry to transfer advanced materials and technologies from those markets to the high-performance vehicle market. We can provide a wide variety of technical services in support of research, design, production, and prototype development of components for your race car or track car, using exotic materials, such as magnesium, titanium, composites, and ceramics. These services encompass all aspects of the engineering process from concept to post-production testing.

Carbon Ceramic Composite- With a specific heat capacity over twice that of cast iron, Carbon-Ceramic brake rotors allow for increased braking capacity and greatly reduced unsprung weight.
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Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber- Otherwise known as carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, this advanced composite allows for significant weight reduction with no compromise in strength.  Shown here used for the tub of the McLaren MP4-12C.

Titanium Suspension

Titanium- With a very high strength-to-weight ratio, titanium is very useful in motorsports.  Shown here in Oakley Design coilovers, this metal allows for lighter, stronger, and thereby faster, components.

Magnesium

Magnesium- This metal allows for light yet strong castings, shown here used for a Porsche 911 crankcase.  Magnesium is also an excellent replacement for aluminum in suspension and chassis parts, such as crossmembers and suspension uprights.

Our available design optimization services listed below can greatly improve the design of a structural part. By accurately modeling and testing important properties, the design can be perfected so no material is wasted. This allows for a smaller, lighter, and stronger part at a reduced overall cost. SPEEDWERKS has experience with simulations, computer models, and hands-on qualification testing. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Stress vs. Strain
Stress and Strain Formation-Modeling the stresses acting on a part can ensure it is both as strong and light as possible.  By measuring the strain, or deformation, of the part, its interaction with other parts around it can be evaluated to ensure safe and predictable operation under all circumstances.
Heat Transfer
Temperature, Thermal Stress, and Heat Transfer- Thermal management is a critical part of any automotive application, and knowing exactly how all parts will react to their thermal environment will ensure safe, predictable operation.
Pressure
Pressure Testing- Testing the maximum safe pressure an object can sustain allows for the exact operating range for a part to be established.
Tensile Testing
Ultimate Strength Testing- Otherwise known as tensile testing, this test yields the exact failure point of a material under tightly controlled conditions, which can then be used to ensure all parts made from that material will perform as anticipated.
Elasticity Testing
Elasticity Testing- Similar to tensile testing, elasticity testing first stretches a material under load, releases it, and then measures deformation.  This helps to establish predictable behaviors that can be incorporated into the design.
Vibration Testing
Vibration Testing- The vibrations encountered in an automotive environment need to be taken into account to confirm the part will continue to operate at full effectiveness over long periods of time.
Fatigue Testing
Dynamic Load Testing- Constantly changing loads on a part will gradually weaken it over time.  This behavior is predictable and repeatable, so by designing a part with its measured fatigue strength in mind, we can produce a much more reliable part.