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Multi-material additive manufacturing for lightweight and thermal management

Objective

The 26th Climate Change Conference has highlighted the urgent need to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions to limit global warming. The transport sector accounts for approx. 16% of the global carbon emissions and has identified fleet electrification as the primary route to achieving climate neutrality. However, the main challenges are the current weight of components and the cost of new systems to ensure efficiency and long-term sustainability. As a result, the industry has recognised the need for transformative technologies and production methods to develop lighter, more efficient, and cost-effective solutions to enable this transition and achieve climate neutrality.
With their outstanding mechanical strength, Carbon Fibre Composites (CFC) have been increasingly used to replace metals in products requiring lightweight features, such as aircraft or high-performance vehicles. However, due to the traditional manufacturing process and poor thermal conductivity, the use of CFC has been limited to structural applications. For example, batteries, electrical motors, and power electronics, where power losses need to be efficiently dissipated, typically require separate heat exchangers, resulting in heavier and less cost-effective solutions that still utilize bulky designs and heavy materials.
The vision of MULTHEM is to develop a reliable and validated Additively Manufactured (AM) CFC process with enhanced thermal conductivity with different material combinations and nanotechnology. This innovative approach will allow the development of components, such as battery and motor housings with dual functionality comprising structural and cooling features and with a more cost-effective approach than traditional methods. This solution will enhance the product performance, first by the weight reduction achieved by designs that only AM enables, and second, by using CFC-metal structures with enhanced thermal conductivity strategies, lighter and stronger than aluminium or steel.

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FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO METALMECANICA Y DEL TRANSPORTE (CETEMET)
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Avenida Primero De Mayo S/n
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Spain

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Andalucía Jaén
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
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Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
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LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
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€ 387 187,50
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5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
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€ 495 191,00
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Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
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SOLMATEK SOLUTIONS SL
Spain
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€ 620 393,75
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C Hermosilla N48 1d
28001 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA
Ireland
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€ 476 250,00
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Udaras Industrial Estate An Choill Rua
CO. GALWAY Inverin

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Yes
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Ireland Northern and Western West
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PRIMA ADDITIVE SRL
Italy
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€ 487 500,00
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Corso Re Umberto 54
10128 Torino To

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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THALES
France
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BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
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