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Commercialization of a full carbon wheel manufactured with an automated high-volume process for the automotive market

Objective

The aim of CARIM is the final development, homologation and commercialization of a full carbon automotive wheel manufactured in an automated, high-volume production process. Within the 2-year project the TRL level, currently 6+, will be raised to 8+ or 9.

Developments in automated CFRP production technology will generate a wheel that is 30-50% lighter than state-of-the-art Al-wheels, with the extra advantage of excellent mechanical performance. The manufacture of the wheels in an automated preforming and HP-RTM process will ensure short cycle times (max. 10 min/component) and lower costs (1634€/wheel in first year of production and 1164€ in 2020) that will enable scale-up to series production and make the CARIM wheels competitive against current casted and forged Al-wheels and other emerging plastic wheel concepts. A testing and validation phase for the demonstrators covers a comprehensive product homologation to meet TUV regulations and the requirements of OEMs and material suppliers.

The market entry of the product is clearly detailed in the proposal’s business plan which predicts a commercially-available product within one year after the project ends. The strategy for implementing the carbon wheel on the market is a top-down approach starting with a low production volume for high class cars and a steady rise in carbon wheel production. The five-year goal is a production capability - only at RiBa - of 52.000 wheels per year by 2020. The technology also has the potential for transfer into higher-volume car segments in luxury/medium-class vehicles, as well as to helicopter and aviation applications.

The industry-driven consortium is supported by strong partners integrated in an Industrial Exploitation Board (Bentley, Huntsman) providing technical and economic consulting and know-how. The project results will be systematically disseminated and exploited to maximize visibility, industrial take-up and the transfer of the developments to new markets.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft/rotorcraft

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 503 442,25

Participants (4)

RI-BA COMPOSITES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 803 625
Address
Via Mengolina 22
48018 Faenza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALPEX TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 341 002,63
Address
Gewerbepark
6068 Mils
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 250
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TUV SUD PRODUCT SERVICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 20 714
Address
Ridlerstrasse 65
80339 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)