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Low cost flexible integrated composite process

Objective

Fibre-reinforced polymer composite materials are leading candidates as component materials to improve the efficiency and sustainability of many transport modes. The advantages of high performance composites are numerous: they include lighter weight, the ability to tailor lay-ups for optimum strength and stiffness, improved fatigue life, corrosion resistance and, with good design practice, reduced assembly costs due to fewer detail parts and fasteners. Also, the specific strength and specific modulus of high strength fibre composites are higher than other comparable metallic alloys. This translates into greater weight savings resulting in improved performance, greater payloads, fuel savings and emissions reductions.

However, the current manufacturing processes used in aeronautic and automotive still represent high capital investments for SMEs and this represents a major barrier for their deployment in sectors like automotive.

The proposed project will develop a low cost manufacturing process of composites dedicated to structural parts in the aeronautic, truck and automotive sectors:
• Low level of investment vs HP-RTM/ C-RTM and ATL/AFP, accessible for SMEs.
• Automated solution: high production capacity, low cost equipment and high quality level for structural application
• Reduction of process steps and energy consumption by investigating merging possibilities throughout the process
• Process for small to medium sized 3D application (automotive)
• Process for medium to large panel application (aerospace, cargo transportation)

The main objective of the LOWFLIP project is to develop a low cost flexible and integrated preforming/moulding/curing composite parts manufacturing process for the needs of different transport sectors, such us the aerospace and the automotive-surface transport sector, which will require minimum investments in comparison with current SoA processes.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 524 063,50
Administrative Contact
Stefan Carosella (Mr.)

Participants (10)

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS IBERICA SA

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Avenida Llano Castellano 13
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Martin De La Escalera (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 449 159
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Mezzacasa (Mr.)
AERNNOVA ENGINEERING DIVISION SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 205 500
Address
Calle Leonardo Da Vinci Minano Sn
01510 Vitoria Gasteiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Martin De La Escalera (Mr.)
CARBURES EUROPE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 236 847,25
Address
Calle Ingenierias - Parcela 4
11500 El Puerto De Santa Maria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bartolome Simonet (Mr.)
KOGEL TRAILER GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 183 810,55
Address
Industriestrasse 1
89349 Burtenbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Bayer (Mr.)
ALPEX TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 322 398,20
Address
Gewerbepark
6068 Mils
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Rittenschober (Mr.)
SGL CARBON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 527,50
Address
Werner-von-siemens-strasse 18
86405 Meitingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Kessler (Mr.)
MECAS ESI SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 107 484
Address
Brojova 2113/16
32600 Plzen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludek Kovar (Dr.)
FILL GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 470 282
Address
Fillstrasse 1
4942 Gurten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wilhelm Rupertsberger (Mr.)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 126 675
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Zietek (Mr.)