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Flexible production cell for Hybrid Joining

Objective

Multimaterial systems combining metals with thermoplastic fiber reinforced polymer composites (TP-FRPC) are the key for light weight design in the automotive industry. However, the joining of the material partners remains main issue. Currently, no approach exists which sufficiently meets the three core requirements: weight neutrality, cost- and time efficiency and bonding strength. Technologies like adhesive bonding or bolted joints show good results for one or two of the criterions, but not for all three of them.
The FlexHyJoin project aims at the development of a joining process for hybrid components, which satisfies all three criterions. Induction Joining (IJ) and Laser Joining (LJ) are combined, since they have complementary fields of application and most of all they do not require additional material and are therefore weight neutral joining methods. Thus, the full lightweight potential is preserved. Additionally, a surface texturing method for the metal is integrated in the approach, which leads to a form closure bonding, providing a high mechanical bonding performance. Finally, a main aspect of the FlexHyJoin project is to integrate the surface texturing as well as both joining methods in a single, continuous, and fully automatized pilot process with an overall process control and supervision system. This leads to a maximum of time- and cost-efficiency and will allow the future application of the approach in the mass production of automotives. The key for the automation is an online process control and quality assurance.
The FlexHyJoin project provides an essential enabler technology for future mobility concepts. The final result is an innovative joining process for fiber reinforced polymers and metals, suiting the strict requirements of automotive industry and enabling the broad application of hybrid material systems.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/virtual reality
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

H2020-FoF-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 804 375

Participants (9)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 482 750
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
GUBESCH THERMOFORMING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 340
Address
Industriestrasse 1
91489 Wilhelmsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EDAG ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 253 750,01
Address
Kreuzberger Ring 40
65205 Wiesbaden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LEISTER TECHNOLOGIES AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Galileo Strasse 10
6056 Kagiswil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 400 250
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 154 875
Address
Plaza Marques De Salamanca 2
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 752 901
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
KGR SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 308 660,63
Address
Via Luigi Cibrario 13
10143 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FILL GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 614 446
Address
Fillstrasse 1
4942 Gurten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)