Vehicle weight accounts for a significant proportion of fuel consumption and CO² emissions. As weight increases due to increased refinement/safety features the use of lightweight materials and construction techniques become increasingly important. Advanced composite materials offer the largest reductions in weight, but have limited use in the automotive industry due to high raw materials and component cost, inefficient production techniques, recyclability and high wastage. The aim of this project is to research and develop a material and processing concept for production of thermo-composite components with zero waste and processing emissions and inherent recyclability. If thermo-composite components could be manufactured cost effectively significant weight savings over metals could be achieved which would have major social, environmental and competitive impacts for Europe.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
21042 Caronno Pertusella
LE12 8RS Loughborough
27950 St Marcel
FY72 0JF Blackpool