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2016-01-14 Denmark: Affordable Weight Reduction of Vehicles and Components taking into Account the Entire Life-Cycle


 Affordable Weight Reduction of Vehicles and Components taking into Account the Entire Life-Cycle

Description of the project offered: 
A holistic, integrated and cost-driven approach will be pursued in order to optimize the use of lightweight materials solutions in all vehicle structures, subsystems and components considering the entire value chain from a life-cycle perspective: materials, tools, process, assembly and end-of-life.

Design engineering will pursue approaches based on both “right material for the right application” and “multi-functional optimization” in order to exploit the lightweight materials properties, optimizing their use through functional integration of multi-material solutions, including design for recycling. In view to further reduce the environmental footprint of the vehicles, the use of recycled high added-value materials will be considered. 
Materials engineering will address the development of new low density/high strength and highly formable materials (e.g. polymers, biomaterials, and reinforcements) and their combination (e.g. composites, nanocomposites, sandwiches, high strength foams) at affordable prices starting from less expensive sources, also via recycling and/or processes which are less energy-demanding. Furthermore, materials engineering will address degradation, thermal expansion, joining (bonding/welding technologies) and recycling issues of multi-material designs, one essential prerequisite being the widespread availability and minimal CO2 footprint of the candidate materials.

Virtual engineering will support the multi-functional design for the optimization of performance (including crashworthiness, durability, etc.), developing and applying methods and tools to enable the efficient and effective simulation of multi-functional, multi-material solutions as well as of sustainable manufacturing technologies in order to minimize material use and energy consumption. Importantly Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) should support the entire design and development process.

Manufacturing engineering will address both the need to use less energy-intensive and more sustainable technologies, and the opportunity to speed-up and improve the efficiency of lightweight part production also through the combination of different manufacture steps, moving towards new approaches specific for new materials, including cost-effective multi-material joining technologies as well as the formability of tailored blanks material hybrid parts, and considering also effective multi-material surface treatments.

The activities are required to identify solutions for the weight reduction of vehicles, including, but not limited to, electrified cars which, through a comprehensive analysis, should be demonstrated to be both viable in terms of cost and production, and sustainable from the life-cycle perspective.

The solutions must be validated at the application level, with full verification of the virtual engineering approach, to demonstrate improved performance without any compromise in terms of crashworthiness and durability. An assessment of the applicability of the solutions developed across different vehicle types is also expected.

Topic identifier: NMBP-08-2016
Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Deadline model: Single-stage
Deadline: 21 January 2016 17:00:00
Project proposer:   Kai Søndergaard (Denmark)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Consultancy
Call for proposal title:  N/A 

Description of the collaboration sought: 
Partners with expertise within research and development activities closely related to the automotive sector or directly involved in that sector as manufacturer. 
Expertise sought: Intellectual property rights, Business aspects, Scientific research, Innovation. Technology transfer, Legislation. Regulations, Education. Training, Sustainable development, Standards, Reference materials, Measurement methods, Energy saving, Nanotechnology and Nanosciences, Materials technology, Transport, Industrial manufacture, 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Research, Education, Industry, Technology transfer, Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), Consultancy, 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland,