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An industry system enabling the use of a patented materials processing technology for Low Cost forming of Lightweight structures for transportation industries

Objective

Environmental wellbeing backed by increasingly severe legislation dictates that pollution and energy consumption by automobiles must be reduced significantly. The outcomes of this project will enable both these imperatives to be achieved simultaneously. The project aim is to establish production lines in Europe that manufacture components for lightweight complex-shaped automobile body structures that are significantly lighter and of comparable strength and stiffness to those currently available.
This will be achieved by exploiting a new patented thermo-mechanical processing technology (HFQ) for sheet aluminium alloy that enables, for the first time, parts in heat treatable alloys to be produced to net-shape with maximum attainable mechanical properties. The life-cycle energy consumption of automobiles will be reduced; in the production stage, by the low energy requirements of HFQ, which is enhanced by the potential use of low cost recycled raw material and in the driving stage, by the reduced fuel consumption associated with lightweight vehicles. Reduced pollution is a natural corollary of low energy consumption.
Exploitation of this groundbreaking technology will be achieved through refinement of its laboratory scale development by university, research institution and manufacturing SME collaboration, leading to production lines being established in Tier 1 companies. Two such lines are anticipated as an outcome of the project. In 8 year period, over 30 production lines will be established in Europe and over 1000 jobs could be created. It is expected that new Al-alloy body and chassis structures will be produced in a mass-production scale, with weight saving of over 40% for the Classes C&D and above segment vehicles (which are currently made of steel). Thus, 60% of cars could be made with Al-body and chassis structures, and the resultant fuel saving in car usage would be up to 23% on average.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SME-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
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Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 747 730,40
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)

Participants (15)

ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 286 400
Address
Carretera De Pamplona 1
31191 Cordovilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Erice Velilla (Mr.)
DIAD GROUP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 290 080
Address
Via Nicola Fabrizi 136
10145 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia Sereno (Mrs.)
PAB COVENTRY Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 200
Address
Charter Avenue Industrial Estate
CV4 8AU Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Brazier (Ms.)
TBZ - PARIV TECHNOLOGIEBERATUNGSZENTRUM PARALLELE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 709
Address
Bernsdorfer Strasse 210-212
09126 Chemnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Krämer (Mrs.)
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTAND RESEARCH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 127 400
Address
Feidippidou 22
11527 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Mekras (Mr.)
ROGER WILLIAM HALL
France
EU contribution
€ 63 640
Address
Boulevard Marbeau 30
75116 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Hall (Dr.)
IMPRESSION TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 465 600
Address
Unit E Lyons Park 46 Sayer Drive
CV5 9PF Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
George Adam (Dr.)
SC PLASMATERM SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 107 200
Address
Strada Budiului 66A
540390 Targu Mures
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gyorgy Annamaria (Mrs.)
AUTOMATION, PRESS AND TOOLING, A.P.& T. AB*AP&T
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 201 270
Address
Industrigatan 5
514 32 Tranemo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Karlsson (Mr.)
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 140 800
Address
100-102 Avenue De Suffren
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yvan Gregoire (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 203 199,50
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)
HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 144 000
Address
Mesogeion Street 2-4
11527 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harry Amorgianos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 391 840
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Mcbeth (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 372 091,10
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Rodde (Mr.)
LOTUS CARS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Potash Lane - Hethel
NR14 8EZ Norfolk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Heinrich (Mr.)