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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

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.
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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)

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ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 286 400

DIAD GROUP SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 290 080

PAB COVENTRY Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 255 200

TBZ - PARIV TECHNOLOGIEBERATUNGSZENTRUM PARALLELE INFORMATIONSVERARBEITUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 191 709

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTAND RESEARCH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 127 400

ROGER WILLIAM HALL

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 640

IMPRESSION TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 465 600

SC PLASMATERM SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 107 200

AUTOMATION, PRESS AND TOOLING, A.P.& T. AB*AP&T

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 201 270

ESI GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 800

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 203 199,50

HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 391 840

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 372 091,10

LOTUS CARS LIMITED

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604240

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 970 798,85

  • EU contribution

    € 3 988 160

Coordinated by:

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

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