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Sustainable production technologies of emission reduced light weight car concepts

Objective

SLC overall objective is to develop truly lightweight, multi-material concepts (parts, modules, car bodies made by the best materials selection) up to 50% lighter than present high-volume cars. This will only be possible by means of exploiting lightweight materials' combinations, developing joining technologies needed for reliable and efficient assembling and by filling the gaps on present design/simulation tools being not able to predict neither multi-material design reliability nor to assess affordability and sustainability. SLC Research & Development will address present limitations on advanced materials' processing, multi-material forming and joining technologies, design/simulation tools for series multi-material, lightweight car bodies. The SLC consortium includes experts from many FP4/5 and FP6 projects (and proposals) and national projects on manufacturing, lightweight materials, passive safety, noise reducing materials, vehicle assembly as well as rail-related technologies. SLC actively exchanges technologies with several sectors explicitly including rail. The multi-material concepts approach puts the overall vehicles functionalities' first and deploys them to sub-modules and parts, making the optimal material choice on a part-by-part basis based on overall vehicle performance. This is the driving force steering the research on the other areas. In parallel, advanced forming and joining technologies as well as multi-material capabilities of design and simulation tools are developed. After the first 2,5 - 3 years, technologies to be applied are selected and a lightweight front structure demonstrator is built up, which is virtually and physically verified.

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Coordinator

VOLKSWAGEN AG

Address

Berliner Ring
1777 Wolfsburg

Germany

Administrative Contact

Martin GOEDE (Dr)

Participants (38)

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VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S. C.P.A.

Italy

ADAM OPEL AG

Germany

REGIENOV

France

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG

Germany

PORSCHE ENGINEERING GROUP GMBH

Germany

RHEINISCH-WESTFÄLISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

HYDRO ALUMINIUM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

IVM AUTOMOTIVE BAD FRIEDRICHSHALL GMBH

Germany

RICARDO UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

OVE ARUP & PARTNERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUNFAHRT E.V.

Germany

ALCAN AIREX AG

Switzerland

ARCELORMITTAL S.A.

Luxembourg

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

DIEFFENBACHER GMBH + CO. KG

Germany

DOW EUROPE GMBH -FREIENBACH BRANCH

Switzerland

LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V.

Germany

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

POLYTEC COMPOSITES ITALIA S.R.L.

Italy

SISTEMAS Y PROCESOS AVANZADOS S.L.

Spain

LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES B.V.

Netherlands

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLA AB

Sweden

ENGINEERING RESEARCH NORDIC AB

Sweden

ESI GROUP

France

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DARMSTADT

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF WEST BOHEMIA

Czechia

PE EUROPE GMBH

Germany

MATERIALS ENGINEERING RESEARCH LABORATORY LTD

United Kingdom

HEATFORM GMBH

Germany

COMAU S.P.A.

Italy

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

CORUS TECHNOLOGY B.V.

Netherlands

RENAULT SAS

France

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 516465

  • Start date

    1 February 2005

  • End date

    31 July 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 19 640 247

  • EU contribution

    € 10 235 113

Coordinated by:

VOLKSWAGEN AG

Germany