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Automated environmentally friendly processing of structural thermoplastic composite components (ECOPROCESS)

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

VOLKSWAGEN AG
Address

38436 Wolfsburg
Germany

Participants (7)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
49,Pontstrasse 49
52056 Aachen
AFROS S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Galileo Ferraris 65
21042 Caronno Pertusella
EURO - PROJECTS (LTTC) LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Pocket Gate, Brook Road
LE12 8RS Loughborough
PEGUFORM FRANCE
France
Address
Z.i. Vernon St.marcel
27950 St Marcel
SAINT GOBAIN VETROTEX INTERNATIONAL SA
France
Address
Quai Des Allobroges 767
73009 Chambery
TECNOS
Italy
Address
Via Della Merlata
20014 Nerviano
TVR ENGINEERING LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Bristol Avenue
FY72 0JF Blackpool