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Large scale manufacturing technology for high-performance lightweight 3D multifunctional composites

Objective

The goal of 3D-LightTrans project is to provide groundbreaking, highly flexible and adaptable low-cost technologies for manufacturing of 3D textile reinforced plastic composites (in the following referred to as textile reinforced plastics or TRP), including innovative approaches for the individual processes and its integration in complete manufacturing chains, which will enable to shift them from its current position in cost intensive, small series niche markets, to broadly extended mass product applications, not only in transportation, but also in other key sectors, like health and leisure.
To fulfil this goal, 3D-LightTrans manufacturing chains will based on hybrid yarn incorporating thermoplastic matrix material, processed to deep draped multilayer textiles and multifunctional 3D-textile constructions, which will be fixed to dry pre-forms and finally, processed into composites by thermoforming. By integrating these new, innovative process steps with full automation in -nowadays mostly manually performed- complex handling operations, it will be possible to obtain a fully automated and highly adaptable manufacturing chain. 3D-LightTrans will open the way to a totally new concept for the design, manufacturing and application of composites for low-cost mass products in a wide range of sectors.
The Consortium brings together multidisciplinary research teams involving five industrial stakeholders from machine tools and machine automation (P-D Glasseiden, Van de Wiele, Lindauer Dornier, Coatema) and several OEM active in the field of processing of flexible materials and composite manufacturing, including Federal Mogul, among others, as well as from the application sector (FIAT and Bentley), and extensive expertise from well known research specialists in the area of materials, production research and technical textiles in particular, like AIT, TU-Dresden and University of Ghent.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-LARGE-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 690 420
Administrative Contact
Felix Schröpfer (Mr.)

Participants (18)

COATEMA COATING MACHINERY GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 400
Address
Roseller Strasse 4
41539 Dormagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Regina Reuscher (Ms.)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Glawe (Mrs.)
Xedera e.U
Austria
EU contribution
€ 332 000
Address
Halbgasse 15/2
1070 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Almansa (Dr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 403 100
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
COATEMA COATING MACHINERY GMBH
Germany
Address
Roseller Strasse 4
41539 Dormagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Glawe (Mrs.)
Federal Mogul Systems Protection
France
EU contribution
€ 150 885
Address
Rue Henri Laroche 69
60800 Crépy En Valois
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederic Jeuneu (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 685 500
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
GRADO ZERO ESPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 321 300
Address
Via Nove 2/A
50056 Montelupo Fiorentino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matteo Piccini (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 588 924
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sven Kreigenfeld (Mr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 311 640
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ciro Avolio (Mr.)
Lindauer DORNIER GmbH
Germany
Address
Rickenbacher Strasse 119
88131 Lindau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegfried Sachs (Mr.)
NORTH WEST TEXTILES NETWORK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 71 081
Address
Chorley Road - Peel House 2
BL1 3AA Bolton
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Stephen Kay (Mr.)
P-D GLASSEIDE GMBH OSCHATZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 281 500
Address
Wellerswalder Weg 17
04758 Oschatz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristin Mehnert (Ms.)
Michel Van de Wiele
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 432 400
Address
Michel Vandewielestraat 7
8510 Marke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Maes (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 198 100
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
BENTLEY MOTORS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 119 700
Address
Pyms Lane
CW1 3PL Crewe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sarah Siefken (Ms.)
SVUM AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 226 500
Address
Areal Vyzkumnych Ustavu, Podnikatelska 565
190 11 Praha 9
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jiri Krejcik (Dr.)
AUTOMATITZACIO DE PROCESSOS I MEDIAMBIENT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 205 300
Address
Carrer Andorra Nave 2 22
08830 Sant Boi De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Núria Mañes (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE D'ORLEANS
France
EU contribution
€ 141 250
Address
Chateau De La Source
45067 Orleans Cedex 2
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Celine Raoul (Ms.)