Center for Composite Manufacturing

The objective of the research at the Center for Composite Manufacturing of the Southern Research Institute (SRI) is to develop light weight, low cost, high performing materials for buses and other mass transit applications. SRI has teamed with North American Bus Industries to identify bus components for weight reduction. SRI successfully demonstrated that composites can be fabricated into an integrated one-piece bus seat, and an integrated floor structure. The new Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics battery door exceeded customer expectations and has the advantage of being corrosion resistant. NABI is currently field testing the composite door. SRI is now working with NAB to develop CNG door panels for the company's BRT buses.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $870902.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Williams, Terrell

    • Performing Organizations:

      Southern Research Institute

      757 Tom Martin Deive
      Birmingham, AL  United States  35211
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hussman, George

    • Start Date: 20030500
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070900
    • Source Data: RiP Project 12890

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460446
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: AL-26-7001-02
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:25PM