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.