ACS Australia developed a carbon fibre trucking trailer for the grain transportation industry. The design uses a carbon fibre reinforced vinylester composite construction, delivering significant performance benefits over existing steel trailer designs.
Detail design of the bin, the chassis, doors and relevant fittings resulted in a weight saving of over 1,800 kg compared with the steel baseline. Additionally, an increase in bin volume was also achieved, equating to a 50% weight saving and an 18% increase in payload volume.
In Australia grain transportation has the highest freight costs of any commodity, with farm-to-market transport of 45 million tonnes of grain valued at $2.6 billion per year. Transportation of grain accounts for nearly half of the total cost for agriculture. Therefore, light-weighting road transportation and increasing payload efficiency will help lower the cost, and lead to better yields.