This project proposes to generate new scientific understanding of the processing of thermoplastics using microwave energy for targeted, controlled melting, drilling by ablation and controlled hardening. It also proposes to generate new understanding of resonant vibration attenuation in fluid transmission systems; barrier properties of thermoplastics (egg using fillers-fillers), recycling of multi-material assemblies and selective stiffening of fibrous reinforcement by infiltration of thermoplastic melt. This new knowledge will initially be used to develop a radically innovative production process for fluid transmission systems to produce single-piece, multi-channel, selectively stiffened, internally-drilled hoses with inherent and specific vibration attenuation characteristics, enhancing the performance and functionality of hydraulic systems. Integrated with this will be smart end fittings, incorporating an innovative low-cost self-sealing device with built in system sensing and diagnostics, and the entire assembly will be designed with inherent recyclables and a fully developed recycling strategy. This represents a major advance on current manufacturing methods involving assembly of metallic and rubber sections of tube, enabling lighter, cheaper and more reliable products. The production process will be based on parametric methods to reduce the need for tooling, thus increasing flexibility and reducing lead times. The process developed will be disseminated beyond the automotive case study to other fluid transmission applications in industry, aerospace, white goods, agriculture and so on. Furthermore, the technology will be adapted and disseminated throughout Europe to Sees in other applications where the core technology is applicable, thus encouraging the shift of traditional, resource-based Sees towards an RTD-focussed, knowledge-based economy. This will then launch other development programmes to deploy the core scientific understanding in many varied applications.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project
Coventry, West Midlands