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Flexible production cell for Hybrid Joining

Flexible production cell for Hybrid Joining

Objective

Multimaterial systems combining metals with thermoplastic fiber reinforced polymer composites (TP-FRPC) are the key for light weight design in the automotive industry. However, the joining of the material partners remains main issue. Currently, no approach exists which sufficiently meets the three core requirements: weight neutrality, cost- and time efficiency and bonding strength. Technologies like adhesive bonding or bolted joints show good results for one or two of the criterions, but not for all three of them.
The FlexHyJoin project aims at the development of a joining process for hybrid components, which satisfies all three criterions. Induction Joining (IJ) and Laser Joining (LJ) are combined, since they have complementary fields of application and most of all they do not require additional material and are therefore weight neutral joining methods. Thus, the full lightweight potential is preserved. Additionally, a surface texturing method for the metal is integrated in the approach, which leads to a form closure bonding, providing a high mechanical bonding performance. Finally, a main aspect of the FlexHyJoin project is to integrate the surface texturing as well as both joining methods in a single, continuous, and fully automatized pilot process with an overall process control and supervision system. This leads to a maximum of time- and cost-efficiency and will allow the future application of the approach in the mass production of automotives. The key for the automation is an online process control and quality assurance.
The FlexHyJoin project provides an essential enabler technology for future mobility concepts. The final result is an innovative joining process for fiber reinforced polymers and metals, suiting the strict requirements of automotive industry and enabling the broad application of hybrid material systems.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH

Address

Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 804 375

Participants (9)

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 482 750

GUBESCH THERMOFORMING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 369 340

EDAG ENGINEERING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 253 750,01

LEISTER TECHNOLOGIES AG

Switzerland

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 400 250

NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 154 875

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 752 901

KGR SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 308 660,63

FILL GESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 614 446

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 677625

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 868 683,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 141 347,64

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH

Germany

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