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Hybrid composite structures for crash worthy bodyshells, containers and safe transportation structures

Objective



There is a demand from the railway industry and other
transportation sectors for lightweight yet impact
absorbent materials to replace metals. This project is
needed to provide the enabling technologies to produce
safe hybrid composite sandwich panels, modular sections,
bodyshells, containers, vessels, and transportation
structures with crash worthiness and a predictable
failure mechanism. The project will also produce a
standard procedure for full size property prediction
using scale models. The hybrid composite materials
structural system to be developed will have the following
advantages over current composite systems:
- failure of the composite structure will occur at a
predetermined force level
- the failure force level can be tailored to the
application
- the composite system will have a ductile type failure
mode absorbing high energy levels in a predictable
rnanner
- the system will utilise little or no materials of high
cost
- the reliability and predictability of the system will
facilitate the computer modelling of the system for other
applications
The project will have two distinctive final results a
prototype demonstrator of the crash worthy composite
system and a standard procedure for full size property
prediction using scale models.
Claimed innovative aspects of this proposal include:
- an energy absorbing structural system applicable to a
wide range of composite materials
- a standard procedure for determining the properties of
a structure without the need for expensive full size
testing
- a predictive tool for designing energy absorbing
structures which utilise the new rnaterials system.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
The University Of Sheffield 217 Portobello
S1 4DP Sheffield
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
49,Pontstrasse 49
52056 Aachen
Anthony Patrick & Murta Exportacao Lda
Portugal
Address
120,Estrada Nacional 120
8603 Lagos
Cetma Consortium
Italy
Address
Cittadella Della Ricerca
72023 Brindisi
Costamasnaga SpA
Italy
Address
Viale Iv Novembre 2
22041 Costamasnaga
D'APPOLONIA SPA
Italy
Address
Via San Nazaro 19
Genova
Flexadux Plastics Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Grange Road
DN21 1QB Gainsborough
Irizar S.coop.
Spain
Address
N 6,Barrio San Andres N 6
20213 Ormaiztegui
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
42,28Th October Avenue 42
10682 Athens
Università degli Studi di Perugia
Italy
Address
Loc. Pentima Bassa
05100 Terni