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Net-shape joining technology to manufacture 3D multi-materials components based on metal alloys and thermoplastic composites

Net-shape joining technology to manufacture 3D multi-materials components based on metal alloys and thermoplastic composites

Objective

ComMUnion enables productive and cost effective manufacturing of 3D metal/ Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRT) multi-material components.
ComMUnion will develop a novel solution combining tape placement of CFRTs with controlled laser-assisted heating in a multi-stage robot solution. High-speed laser texturing and cleaning will overcome the limitations of current joining technology to provide greatest performance joints. ComMUnion will rely on a robot-based approach enabling on-line inspection for layer-to-layer self-adjustment of the process. Moreover, tools for multi-scale modelling, parametric offline programming, quality diagnosis and decision support will be developed under a cognitive approach to ensure interoperability and usability.
ComMUnion will address the following key innovations:
- Texturing and cleaning based on high speed laser scanning for surface condition.
- High-speed spatially resolved control of surface temperature profile.
- Multi-scale metal/CFRP modelling, self-adaptive process control, and quality diagnosis based on multimodal active imaging.
ComMUnion approach will decrease by 30% the consumption of titanium and boron steel, (costly alloys requiring critical materials). Besides, reinforcement of textured metallic surfaces with CFRT tapes will increase mechanical performance of multi-material components over 30% without cost increase.
Manufacturing of two pilot-cases for automotive and aeronautics will demonstrate the scalability of the joining process. It will be possible trough a consortium with a strong involvement of industrial partners (73% of which 55% are SMEs). The outline of the business plan ensures the exploitation of the project results. With a target market of 2.000 companies and a fair estimate of 2% market penetration (5 years after the commercialization start), ComMUnion will result in 40M€/year incomes.
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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Address

Calle Relva Torneiros 27a
36410 Porrino

Spain

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EU Contribution

€ 717 125

Participants (15)

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AUTOTECH ENGINEERING SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 176 488

AFPT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 340 725,50

NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 988

TECNATOM S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 207 638

MOTOFIL - ROBOTICS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 279 475

Philips GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 197 811,40

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 103 601,25

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 430 562,75

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 151 500

TOPSOLID

France

EU Contribution

€ 203 000

ACITURRI ENGINEERING SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 107 611,50

SYM VOULOI KAI PROIONTA LOGISMIKOU AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 207 638

LUNOVU GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 218 542

ESI GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 344 166

PHILIPS PHOTONICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 53 138,60

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 680567

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    31 May 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 917 391,82

  • EU contribution

    € 4 863 011

Coordinated by:

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain