The most important objective of the project is the efficient integration of the various tools of process simulation into design chain, to optimise aluminium castings all the way, from design to prototype production. This "horizontal" integration software will lead the designer to the best possible use of Aluminium for automotive castings, making lighter components and thus decreasing the fuel consumption and reducing CO2-emissions. This integrated approach will be tested on three demonstrator components, designed and produced:
1) optimising the casting process;
2) predicting, by micro structural models, the mechanical properties in the castings;
3) exporting the results of process and properties simulation to commercial FE-codes for further calculation;
4) demonstrating (and evaluating the effect of) new and conventional post casting treatments, that will improve the performance of castings and thus facilitate light weight design.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
553 15 Joekoeping
551 11 Joenkoeping