Low cost (heavy tow) carbon composite automotive structures will allow reducing the weight of a Body in White with 50%. For the whole vehicle the reduction could be 40%, resulting in vast reduction of CO2 emission from automotive transport. Using complex shaped multifunctional parts and joining technologies, the number of parts can be reduced to 30% of the present 200+. This reduction of parts makes this car concept cost effective even if the manufacturing costs per part are still expected to be higher. Technologies and methods that enable realisation of this vehicle concept in 50 units/day series of commercial cas are developed in the project: high speed low cost RTM processes and cost effective/high speed perform (waste 40%->5%) and resin technologies; simulation technologies of static/crash behaviour and economic & environmental performance; design solution modular methodology to translate performance requirements into feasible part concepts using these new technologies. The project results in each of these exploitable technologies and validates the integrated achievement by means of testing a full-scale multifunctional floor pan under various conditions including crash and modal vibration.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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