About MetaCORE-LD

The ideal lightweighting panel material

MetaCORE-LD is MetaCORE engineered into a sandwich panel. This composite structure offers substantial weight reduction with a maximum bonding surface area. As a result, delamination of panels from the core material is a problem of the past.

Just like MetaCORE, MetaCORE-LD offers exceptional support to loads in the normal direction. Unlike other products, MetaCORE-LD goes further by providing unprecedented in-plane loading support. This means MetaCORE-LD panels can be manufactured with greater weight-bearing capacity and lower failures rates.

The thermal conductivity of MetaCORE-LD is also exceptionally low due to the amount of hollow internal space. Values of 25 mW/m-K are typical, and lower values are feasible for bespoke applications.

Between the low density, suppressed failure modes, and thermal insulating properties, MetaCORE-LD is an ideal paneling product.

Characteristics of MetaCORE-LD and corresponding advantages

Characteristic Advantage
Low Mass Density (Lightweight) Reduces total vehicle weight
High Strength Mitigates catastrophic failure
Low Thermal Conductivity Better temperature control
Pro-Isotropy Multi-directional performance
Corrosion Resistance Increased durability
Cost Savings Widely available raw materials
Customer-Preferred Manufacturing Methods On-demand customization

Request samples

sample care package with open box showing samples, letter, and brochure

Contact us to request a package with our brochure and samples of our mechanical metamaterials.

Multi-objective optimization

Geometric motifs

The MetaCORE product line was conceived as a lightweight impact-absorbing structural material. The same geometric motifs seen with MetaCORE have made their way into MetaCORE-LD, which offers our customers a greater access to bespoke solutions.

metacore-ld panel with metacore unit cell inset

MetaCORE-LD [MOX] contains a core of MetaCORE [MO] unit cells

Competitive advantage

Increased resilience: MetaCORE-LD vs. HDPE

Lightweight sandwich panels are great for boxing out structures and providing insulation from the elements. Their fabrication is easy enough: one material (often a foam or honeycomb) is sandwiched between two thin panels fabricated from thermoplastics or metals.

It’s important when using sandwich panels to understand their strengths and weaknesses, particularly since they’re composite structures
with failure modes unique to their construction. Whether it be yielding, face wrinkling of the panel, or shear of the core, exactly what happens when excessively loaded depends on the relative densities and dimensions. These possibilities are well-summarized with a failure mode map. Knowing what failure mode to expect is important since face wrinkling may be acceptable whereas core shear could be catastrophic.

MetaCORE-LD Advantage

MetaCORE-LD is engineered to shift the boundaries of a standard failure mode map by offering greater operational range of functionality and resilience to failure. Tolerable aesthetic defects can be substituted for catastrophic failure of the core material.

failure mode maps of metacore-ld and hdpe

Sandwich panel failure mode maps of MetaCORE-LD compared to Steel + HDPE. t is the thickness of the face, L is the spanwise length of the
panel, P*c is the effective density of the core, and P is the density of CFRP used to construct the core.

Applicable markets

a semi-trailer truck on an empty highway

Transportation

Transportation of goods and products is essential for our quality of life. Lighter, stronger materials let carriers haul more cargo per load, lower operating costs, and increase trailer lifetime. Exceptional cellular volume fraction provides superior thermal insulation for temperature sensitive cargo.

Applications

  • Panel lightweighting
  • Structural integrity
  • Better temperature control
an electric vehicle that's plugged in getting charged

Electric Vehicles

Energy is required to accelerate mass. For EVs, this immutable physical law means lighter vehicles can travel greater distances. Light materials with exceptional crashworthiness are key as we move to zero-emission vehicles.

Benefits

  • Crash protection for batteries
  • Crash protection for unconventional occupant seating arrangements