A revolutionary flying car concept made of epoxy carbon fiber – Antelope

Enata partnered with Sicomin to select Sicomin’s advanced epoxy lamination system to create an innovative flying car concept designed by graduates of the Royal College of Art’s Smart Mobile project, Antelope.

Antelope is an innovative flying car concept designed by graduates of the Royal College of Art’s Smart Mobile project. They chose the ETA airline in the UAE to build the car. Since 2016, Sicomin has been working with ENATA Airlines, which makes ENATA naturally choose to work with Sicomin again when choosing epoxy for this project.

Sicomin supplies epoxy for the Antelope flying car concept

The Antelope flying car concept makes it look more like a science fiction movie with a sleek, avant-garde design, but the concept plays a much smaller role in the air than it did decades ago. Flying vehicles are being developed around the world and they may become the future of urban transportation.

London’s Master of Fines program attracts designers from all over the world and reflects a world that increasingly demands vehicles to connect, share, electrify and drive autonomously. This year’s graduates designed Antelope: a single-seat, carbon-fiber multi-rotor flying car. The flying car initially demonstrated the ability to hover and tilt forward movement. The next step was to take off like a helicopter, and then the transition to a tilted fan would achieve a lift that would lift from the body, so that the antelope ( Antelope will continue to fly like an airplane.

Known for its advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, radio-controlled aircraft and multi-rotor helicopters, Enata Airlines was selected by the Royal College of Art graduates to make this 1/2 ratio at its factory in Sharjah, UAE. Demonstration car. The company uses ultra-light aerospace materials and technology to meet the highest quality standards and tolerance standards and keep weight to an absolute minimum. Enata’s interactive customer progress reporting system provides daily updated production schedules that allow these graduates to monitor their production processes. During the challenging 60-day period, Enata Airways delivered an 2.5-meter-long 1.5-meter-wide Antelope with a 9-kg full carbon fiber frame.

Enata’s philosophy is defined by high performance and must be achieved in all of its applications – from advanced aircraft to powerboats and cutting-edge construction projects, with advanced composite materials. Technology based.

Enata Airline CEO Olivier Nicolas said: “Over the years, Enata has partnered with Sicomin on propeller aircraft and many other composite products, so we fully believe that Sicomin’s high-quality epoxy resin is a revolutionary Antelope. The perfect choice for flying car concept.”

Using its robotic milling capabilities, the company quickly milled a set of 32 molds for the car body. The sandwich panels for the outer surface are formed from low density PEI foam and ultra-thin biaxial carbon fiber non-crimped fabric. This carbon fiber fabric is composed of unidirectional layers of different orientations, and depending on the application area, 2 to 3 layers of 30 g weight fabric are used.

The internal structure consists of a sandwich panel using a carbon fiber fabric and an aramid honeycomb core. All body panels are wet-laid and vacuum cured using a master mold to provide the best surface quality.

Enata Airlines selected Sicomin’s advanced epoxy lamination system to create an Antelope structure that delivers outstanding mechanical properties and optimum processing characteristics. Epoxy resin is significantly stronger than its alternative resin type, has good fatigue resistance and durability, and has been proven to work well with carbon fiber.

The selected Sicomin SR1700 epoxy resin is specially formulated for the production of high performance composites suitable for aerospace applications. The system has a very low viscosity at ambient temperature and can be used with a variety of curing agents for vacuum forming small or large parts. Used in combination to optimize processing time. It maintains good adhesion to various reinforcing materials such as glass fiber, aramid fiber and carbon fiber.