Intelligent Composites has worked with industry partners to test preliminary hybrid material compositions in other vehicular components. These findings indicate that our IC Hybrid material will be a valuable material to use for cylinder liners inside of internal combustion engines would result in an increased service life, and a doubled maintenance interval.
The Intelligent Composites hybrid liners could allow for up to a 10% increase in horsepower compared to the current Nikasil coated aluminum or cast iron liner technology. Advances in the processing of this material developed by Intelligent Composites allow for production of self-lubricating composite liners at 25% lower cost per unit than Nikasil-coated aluminum liners. This would permit an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to design an engine that meets or exceeds performance goals at lower cost. Compared to cast iron liners, our liners offer a 60% reduction in weight resulting in a lighter weight engine, leading to a faster vehicle and better fuel economy.