Lighter, faster luge

Engineering | thyssenkrupp TechCenter building carbon-fiber sled. Carbon-fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) have a lot to offer: They are ultralight yet extremely strong – advantages that have now also been discovered by our luge team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken. Together with colleagues from the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Carbon Composites in Dresden they have developed a new pod for their sled.

Concentrated know-how on two runners

Last winter our camshaft specialists optimized the sled’s runners; now our cooperation has gone a step further with the development of a carbon pod at the TechCenter Carbon Composites in Dresden, where thyssenkrupp has combined its CFRP capabilities. An expert team at the TechCenter supports all Group companies on projects relating to fiber-reinforced polymers – from ultra-light elevator cabs and aircraft parts to car steering systems and mass-produced carbon wheels.

Copyright: Jörg Eberl | Photographie

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken in the wind tunnel. Copyright: Jörg Eberl | Photographie

The perfect shape

In a series of wind tunnel tests, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken developed the ideal sled shape. Toni Eggert then took a model to Dresden. The following video shows how soft carbon fiber mats are turned into a robust sled in just a few hours.

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