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Technologies for carbon fibre reinforced modular automotive structures

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

VOLKSWAGEN AG
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38436 Wolfsburg
Germany

Participants (13)

ALCAN AIREX AG
Switzerland
Address
I & G Park Altenrhein
9423 Altenrhein
Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes et Processus Industriels
France
Address
Rue Charles Bourseul 941
59508 Douai
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
C/ Maria De Luna 3
50015 Zaragoza
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES TECHNIQUES ET DES MINES DE DOUAI
France
Address
Rue Charles Bourseul 941
59508 Douai
ENGINEERING SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
Address
13-15,Frankfurter Straße 13-15
65760 Eschborn
ENGINEERING SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL SA
France
Address
Rue Saarinen 20, Silic 270
94578 Rungis
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
Address
Erwin-schroedinger Strasse, Gebaeude 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
REGIENOV GROUPEMENT D INTERET ECONOMIQUE*
France
Address
Avenue Du Golf 1
78288 Guyancourt
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Teknikringen 8
100 44 Stockholm
SAERTEX GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Address
9-11,Brochterbecker Damm 52
48369 Saerbeck
SOTIRA S.A.
France
Address
Zone Industrielle
53170 Meslay Du Maine
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ltc-dmx
1015 Lausanne
VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
Sweden
Address
Dep. 98720
405 31 Goeteborg