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Advanced materials enabling HIgh-VOlume road transport applications of lightweight structural COMPosite parts

Objective

The rapidly growing use of high-performance composites in high-end sectors such as aerospace, show that these materials are already commercially viable as long as production volumes are limited and applications not primarily cost-driven. In order to achieve a step-change in the application of high-performance composites in larger-volume applications, HIVOCOMP focuses on achieving radical advances in two materials systems that show unique promise for cost effective, higher-volume production of high performance carbon fibre reinforced parts. These are: 1) advanced polyurethane (PU) thermoset matrix materials offering increased mechanical performance and reduced cycle times compared to epoxy, and 2) thermoplastic PP- and PA6-based self-reinforced polymer composites incorporating continuous carbon fibre reinforcements with lower process times and far higher toughness than current thermoplastic and thermoset solutions. The project will analyse and develop these matrix materials, their combination with advanced textile preforms, and optimise material properties for advanced processing technologies, joining technologies (adhesives / welding) and the incorporation and self-diagnosis (sensing) materials. The focus on breakthrough material innovations are complemented by enabling work covering material testing, chemical and micro-mechanical modelling and simulation tool development, as well as LCA, cost and recycling analysis, and prototyping of typical applications, assuring that the proposed material innovations can be successfully translated into high-impact industrial applications. The project drives the material innovations with the road vehicle sector in mind, but has clearly identified spin-off applications in other sectors. The project foresees a step-wise implementation in future products introduced into larger-volume transport applications starting with validated demonstration parts in 2013, and so ensuring a large-scale societal impact of the innovations achieved.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-LARGE-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 844 960
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)

Participants (15)

VOLKSWAGEN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 754
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Goede (Dr.)
DAIMLER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 682
Address
Mercedesstrasse 137
70327 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Haeussler (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 315 389
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josè Maria Kenny (Prof.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 320
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
HUNTSMAN (EUROPE) BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 413 703
Address
Everslaan 45
3078 Everberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Hobdell (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 230
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 225 540
Address
100-102 Avenue De Suffren
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Argiris Kamoulakos (Dr.)
COMPOXI S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 347 318
Address
Calle Pic De Peguera 15
17003 Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Brinkman (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 373 507
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan-Anders Manson (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 473 751
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hine (Dr.)
SAMSONITE EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 187 658
Address
Westerring 17
9700 Oudenaarde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Hillaert (Mr.)
BENTELER SGL COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 243 660
Address
Fischerstrasse 8
4910 Ried Im Innkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Staffenberger (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 921
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
PROPEX FABRICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 131 899
Address
Dueppelstrasse 16
48599 Gronau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silke Bomers (Ms.)
BAX INNOVATION CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 213 986
Address
Calle Casp 116-118, 5
08013 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Menno Van Rijn (Mr.)