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RESEARCH ON EFFICIENT INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF COMPLEX PARTS BASED ON UNIDIRECTIONAL TAPES FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE AND AERONAUTICAL

RESEARCH ON EFFICIENT INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF COMPLEX PARTS BASED ON UNIDIRECTIONAL TAPES FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE AND AERONAUTICAL

Objective

More and more industrial sectors are demanding high performance composite materials to face new challenges demanded by the transport sector. Carbon and glass fibre unidirectional continuous tape reinforced composites are one of the most promising options. It would be reasonable to expect that the manufacturing methods to obtain composite parts made of this hybrid material will be capable to tailor-made and optimize even more the advantageous properties given by the tapes nature. However, at the moment, these technologies are not mature enough for a full industrial implementation. Main existing barriers are related to the high consumption of resources, lower rates of automation, high production of defective and the subsequent growth of the manufacturing costs.
FORTAPE aims to solve these drawbacks through the development of an efficient and optimized integrated system for the manufacturing of complex parts based on unidirectional fibre tapes for its application in the automotive and aeronautical industry, with the minimum use of materials and energy.
To achieve this objective, three main routes for fibre impregnation will be researched to manufacture the unidirectional carbon and glass fibre tapes: novel heating up technologies, melted supercritical fluid-aided thermoplastic polymers and fluidized bed of powders. Novel combination of process-machine approaches will be applied in overmoulding and in-situ consolidation to manufacture the composite parts for the targeted sectors. Novel mathematical modelling and computational simulation concepts will be developed to support the structural optimization and the failure prevention and new instrumentation strategies for process control will be implemented for the selection of the best process.
The FORTAPE consortium, led by CTAG, gathers 10 partners from 5 different European countries, and covers the whole value chain needed to develop new composite technologies with efficient use of materials and energy.
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FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION, INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA

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Poligono Industrial A Granxa 249
36400 Porrino Pontevedra

Spain

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 822 032,88

Participants (10)

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ASSOCIATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES RECHERCHES AUPRES DES UNIVERSITES, DES CENTRES DE RECHERCHE ET DES ENTREPRISES D'AQUITAINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 751 932,95

ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 736 750

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE TECHNOLOGIQUE JULES VERNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 597 818,75

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 372 189,38

GRUPO ANTOLIN-INGENIERIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 477 062,50

FORD FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM AACHEN GMBH

Germany

FORD-WERKE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 380 442,50

MATEX VARESE Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 198 712,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 482 593,75

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO BADAWCZO-PRODUKCYJNE OPTEL SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 210 468,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 636860

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 030 003,96

  • EU contribution

    € 5 030 003,96

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION, INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA

Spain

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