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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: GC.NMP.2012-2 | Award Amount: 13.08M | Year: 2012

By bringing together 21 partners including 7 major carmakers, 7 major suppliers, 2 SMEs and 5 academia / research centres, ALIVE will develop directly exploitable knowledge on materials and design concepts which offer a high potential for significantly reducing the weight of vehicles for affordable application to high productions volumes, focusing on next generation Electric Vehicles (EVs). Specifically ALIVE has set a target of achieving a 30% \ 20% weight reduction for the untrimmed vehicle body together with a 25-30% weight reduction of the hang-on parts, chassis and main interior sub-systems. ALIVE strives to generate substantial, tangible innovation in terms of vehicle design, materials, forming & joining technologies, simulation & testing and includes an exceptionally ambitious physical validation activity that will not only deliver a full structural demonstrator of all modules addressed but which will also include destructive crash and durability testing executed on the assembled modules including the entire body. The objective of the car manufacturers and the supply chain within the ALIVE consortium is to accelerate the take up of these innovative technologies, enabling their application in high volume EV production some 5 years earlier than would have been the case otherwise. Importantly the aim is to jointly exploit the potential economies of scale which can only be achieved via pre-competitive collaborative research by identifying and applying common solutions in terms of materials and their respective process technologies. ALIVE is directly linked to a network of recently concluded, on-going and planned parallel activities and as such offers a coordinated platform within the context of the Green Car program for achieving an unprecedented level of impact with respect to increasing EU competitiveness through the development and uptake of real innovation.


Pogatscher S.,University of Leoben | Antrekowitsch H.,University of Leoben | Leitner H.,University of Leoben | Ebner T.,AMAG Austria Metall AG | Uggowitzer P.J.,ETH Zurich
Acta Materialia | Year: 2011

In this study the artificial aging behavior of the Al-Mg-Si alloy AA 6061 was investigated in the temperature range 150-250 °C using atom probe tomography, hardness and resistivity measurements for various thermal histories. It was found that the precipitation kinetics and age-hardening response of artificial aging at temperatures below 210 °C are lowered by prior natural aging but enhanced above this temperature. An analysis of hardness data was used to evaluate the temperature dependence of precipitation kinetics and dissolution processes. Supported by theoretical considerations, it is assumed that artificial aging of Al-Mg-Si alloys is controlled via the concentration of mobile vacancies. The "vacancy-prison mechanism" proposed determines the mobile vacancy concentration in the case of natural pre-aging by temperature-dependent dissolution of co-clusters and solute-vacancy interactions. © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Kaufmann H.,AMAG Austria Metall AG
Materials Science Forum | Year: 2013

The focus of this paper is set on technical achievements and challenges - however, these are most often closely linked to economical or ecological targets set by customers or society. Ideally, an alloy or process optimization leads to improved properties, reduced cost, and reduced emissions. With a continuously growing understanding of the underlying materials science, supported by novel computer simulation, improved alloys and processing routes have been developed. Many of the recent improvements were related to the thermal-mechanical treatment of high strength alloys for enhanced light weight design. Currently and in the future, the focus will be on sustainable development along the entire process chain, with special attention to the recycling of used products and high recycled content in new products. The optimized utilization of resources (e.g. materials, energy, etc.) will require the close cooperation of materials suppliers, product designers and manufacturers as well as R&D facilities to reconsider given material specifications and processing routes. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.


An aluminum alloy and a method for improving the ability of a semi-finished or finished product to age artificially, includes an age-hardenable aluminum alloy on an AlMgSi, AlZn, AlZnMg or AlSiMg basis, wherein the aluminum alloy is transformed to a solid solution state, in particular by solution heat treatment (1), is quenched and subsequently forms precipitations by a process of natural aging (3), the method involving at least one measure for reducing a negative effect of natural aging (3) of the aluminum alloy on artificial aging (4) thereof. In order to achieve advantageous method conditions, a measure for reducing the negative effect involves an addition of at least one alloy element which can be associated with quenched-in vacancies for the solid solution of the aluminum alloy with a proportion of under 500, in particular under 200, atomic ppm in the aluminum alloy, whereby the number of vacancies that are not associated with precipitations at the beginning of artificial aging (4) increases in order to reduce the negative effect of natural aging (3) of the aluminum alloy on the further artificial aging (4) thereof by mobilizing these unassociated vacancies.


Patent
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2013-12-11

An advantageous method for treating the surface of a metallic substrate made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy, comprising the following steps: providing a water-based mixture with a sol, comprising alkoxy silanes of general chemical formula Si(OR)_(4 )and organoalkoxy silanes of general chemical formula RSi(OR)_(3), in which R and R are linear or branched, short-chained hydrocarbon groups with at least one hydroxyl group and R is an organic group with a glycidoxy-, merkapto-, amino-, methacryl-, allyl- and/or vinyl-group, applying the mixture to the surface of the metallic substrate and at least in sections, hardening the mixture with a formation of a sol-gel coating connected to the metallic substate.


Trademark
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2015-06-18

Common metals and their alloys; transportable buildings of metal; metallic materials for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; pipes and tubes of metal; sheets and mail plates of metal. Vehicles, namely, automobiles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water, namely, trailers, dredgers, tilting-carts, dump carts, tipping bodies for lorries, floating dredgers, goods handling carts, railway carriages.


Trademark
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2015-12-10

Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; goods of common metal not included in other classes; sheets and plates of metal.


Trademark
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2014-02-04

Common metals and their alloys in the form of flat rolled coils, sheets and plates.


Trademark
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2014-02-11

Common metals and their alloys in the form of flat rolled coils, sheets and plates.


Trademark
AMAG Austria Metall AG | Date: 2015-12-10

Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; goods of common metal not included in other classes; sheets and plates of metal.

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