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Flexible and hybrid manufacturing of green aluminium to produce tailored adaptive crash-tolerant structures

Project description

Hybrid manufacturing technology for crash-tolerant structures

Handling unexpected events is difficult, particularly in today’s complex manufacturing environment. But it’s possible. The EU-funded FLEXCRASH project will develop a flexible and hybrid manufacturing technology by applying surface patterns using additive manufacturing onto preformed parts. Hybrid manufacturing offers a property tailoring capacity that allows the development of a new type of crash-tolerant structure with outstanding performance in an imminent crash. The project will define these structures according to the collision parameters identified by the different mixed traffic scenarios and are the ideal solutions for active safety devices. The technology can be applied to other safety-related structures in vehicle parts, decreasing the number of materials and processes used in crash structure manufacturing and reducing manufacturing costs.

Objective

Flexcrash aims to develop a flexible and hybrid manufacturing technology based on applying surface patterns by additive manufacturing onto preformed parts. Aluminium alloys have been selected as the optimum material to build high performance structures, addressing both lightweight and environmental sustainability. They provide better recyclability, affordability (low CRM content), and costs than other material alternatives that would need complex developments for joining, recycling, and manufacturing. The property tailoring capacity offered by hybrid manufacturing will permit to develop a new type of crash-tolerant structures with outstanding performance under a wide range of impact angles and unexpected crash conditions. Structures will be defined according to the collision parameters identified by the different mixed traffic scenarios. Such tailored structures are the ideal solutions for dynamic active safety devices that allows displacement of crash structures to optimally face an imminent crash. Considering that the frontal crash is the most common (70%), a front-end structure has been chosen as demonstrator to validate the manufacturing developments, the modelling approach and the testing methodologies. The flexibility of the proposed technology will facilitate its transferability to other safety-related structures in vehicle’s locations with higher risk for passenger’s injuries while decreasing the number of materials and processes used to manufacture a crash structure. Simplify supply chain will turn into 20% manufacturing costs saving and reduce the risk of disruption.
Virtual testing with improved reliability, validated by crash tests, will be used to propose new testing configurations, looking at the next step towards standardization. The application of Flexcrash solutions to the whole BiW offers a lightweighting potential up to 20% with improved safety (toward 50% reduction of passenger’s injuries and fatalities).

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FUNDACIO EURECAT
Net EU contribution
€ 723 250,00
Address
Avenida universitat autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola del valles (barcelona)
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Other funding
€ 0,00

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