Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-5-2014 | Award Amount: 6.71M | Year: 2015
EU-LIVE will provide a comprehensive European solution for the next generation of electrified, cost- and energy-efficient light urban vehicles to cope with the challenges of future personal urban mobility, based on both user needs and acceptance. EU-LIVE will establish the EU-LIVE modular platform, a systematic approach for efficiently designing, developing and building a wide range of L-category vehicles from more close-to-the-market to radically new ones. This comprises a set of modular electrified powertrain components and subsystems for PHEVs and BEVs, modular bodies (within the same L-vehicle class), and an integrated modular co-simulation platform to guarantee re-usability, flexibility and sharing of components as well as subsystems for L-category vehicles. EU-LIVE will provide innovative solutions regarding cost-efficient, energy-efficient, low-emission and low-noise powertrains (in-wheel motors, novel highly efficient transmission for PHEV, 48V batteries \ electric board net ) and future-proof, flexible and scalable vehicle architectures. To leverage expertise beyond the consortium, an open innovation contest for a radically new light vehicle based on the EU-LIVE modular platform will be carried out. Eventually, both real and virtual full-vehicle demonstrators (L5e PHEV 3-wheeler beyond EURO 5, L3e BEV 2-wheeler, L6 BEV 4-wheeler) will be shown. By its modular approach and the efficient transfer of expertise from high-volume automotive to low-to-medium-volume light vehicle industry, EU-LIVE will enable economies of scale, therefore overcoming a major barrier to affordable light urban vehicles. Through its excellent partner consortium - including 2 OEMs and several key suppliers - EU-LIVE is able to credibly provide a clear route to market for a range of different L-category vehicles which feature series producibility, attractive cost-of-ownership, full comfort, safety and connectivity, for both European and non-European markets.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-3.1-2014 | Award Amount: 9.46M | Year: 2015
Primary particulate matter (PM) consists of chemical components suspended in the atmosphere as aerosols, e.g. as a result of exhaust gaseous and friction processes (e.g. braking). Such particles may potentially contribute to smog events in urban areas and might be responsible of negative effects on the environment (e.g. acid rain acidification, toxic effects on plants and animals) and health (e.g. cancer, respiratory issues). The challenge is therefore to develop a new generation of transport technologies able to reduce the contribution of traffic related and total particulate matter, and, at the same time, to comply with future and stricter legislations on vehicles emissions and EU air quality. The LOWBRASYS project aims at demonstrating a novel and low environmental impact brake system that will reduce micro and nanoparticles emissions by at least 50%. The measurement and understanding of micrometer-sized and ultrafine particles and their effects on health and the environment will be improved and whilst providing recommendations to policy makers. This goal will only be achievable by a systematic and structured approach focused by the LOWBRASYS Team on the following targets: 1. Novel materials formulations of the brakes pad and disc in order to reduce the total particle emissions and have a low-environmental impact. 2. Innovation of environmental friendly braking strategies (control systems) that reduce PM emissions. 3. Breakthrough technology for collection of particles near the PM source in order to further dramatically reduce PM emissions. 5. System integration of the novel pad, components and control systems in vehicles. 6. Improvement of the measurement techniques and understanding of the brake wear PM effects on health and the environment through state-of-the-art non-in-vivo techniques and related policy recommendations. Recommendations to policy makers will also be provided by the Team given no current applicable legislation in Europe.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-22-2015 | Award Amount: 9.40M | Year: 2016
Current technological demands are increasingly stretching the properties of advanced materials to expand their applications to more severe or extreme conditions, whilst simultaneously seeking cost-effective production processes and final products. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the influence of different surface enhancing and modification techniques on CF-based materials for high value and high performance applications. These materials are a route to further exploiting advanced materials, using enabling technologies for additional functionalities, without compromising structural integrity. Carbon fibre (CF) based materials have particular advantages due to their lightweight, good mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Current generation CFs have extensively been used in a multitude of applications, taking advantage of their valuable properties to provide solutions in complex problems of materials science and technology, however the limits of the current capability has now being reached. MODCOMP aims to develop novel fibre-based materials for technical, high value, high performance products for non-clothing applications at realistic cost, with improved safety and functionality. Demonstrators will be designed to fulfil scalability towards industrial needs . End users from a wide range of industrial sectors (transport, construction, leisure and electronics) will adapt the knowledge gained from the project and test the innovative high added value demonstrators. An in-depth and broad analysis of material development, coupled with related modelling studies, recycling and safety will be conducted in parallel for two types of materials (concepts): CF-based structures with increased functionality (enhanced mechanical, electrical, thermal properties). CNF-based structures for flexible electronics applications. Dedicated multiscale modelling, standardisation and production of reference materials are also considered
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-12b-2015 | Award Amount: 4.68M | Year: 2016
There is a need to find solutions to replace Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) such as Chromium, Nickel, Molybdenium and Vanadium in high volume end consumer products. Steels and superalloys with considerable amounts of these CRMs are widely used in many industrial applications, particularly under extreme conditions where corrosion and wear resistance are needed. It is generally accepted, that intermetallics in particular low cost FeAl offer outstanding material properties. Unfortunately it is difficult to translate their properties to real products, as intermetallics suffer from low ductility at ambient temperature and poor machinability. The impact of FeAl intermetallics as a low cost Cr-free alternative for stainless steel would therefore be much higher if a cost effective industrial process would be available, that allows to manufacture complex 3-D geometries of almost unlimited shapes from small grain size (0.1-5 m) high ductility material. The main objective of EQUINOX is to develop a novel process that allows to substitute Cr/Ni based (stainless) steel parts used in high volume end consumer products such as in the lock industry, electronics, process industry and automotive industry with a novel near net shape production technology for a new class of highly advanced ductile Fe-Al based intermetallics. Ductility at low to medium temperatures, while maintaining good tensile strength and optimum level of residual stress will be based on a radical new production process that use abundant raw material Fe3O4 and Al2O3.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2013.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 10.05M | Year: 2013
NEWSPEC aims at the production of Carbon Fibres (CFs) through very promising low-cost sustainable polyethylene (PE) precursors. PE can be derived from three independent sources: bio-ethanol, synthetic oil and recycled plastics. A main attribute of this project is the use of an available pilot scale facility (HPFC) that allows design and optimization of continuous CF processing and, at a later date, easy scale up to a larger industrial size plant. For PE stabilisation an original dry oxidation method, assisted by Electron Beam Curing (EBC), that introduces heteroatoms at the precursor stage is proposed. The new approach has technical, economic and ecologic advantages thus ensuring very innovative and flexible development of new CFs. Novel strategies for the reduction of the graphitisation temperature via the use of nucleation agents such as cellulose nanowhiskers, CNTs and fine graphite powders are envisaged. The partners will also explore the possibility of surface modification via atmospheric plasma techniques and room-temperature grafting with specific surface-attacking chemicals. Online non-destructive laser Raman probe, that can provide in situ information for the development of the various fibre structures during the processing stages, will be developed and installed at HPFC. Specific carbon composite prototypes will be manufactured and tested by the end-users during the lifetime of the project to ensure the validation of CF functionality for the final components with this ensuring proper exploitation of results. To prove overall environmental and economic sustainability LCA and LCC are implemented within all phases of the project. NEWSPEC brings together the best available expertise in Europe for the development of the PE-CFs up to mature exploitable technology. It consists of RTD performers with well-documented experience in CFs development and industrial end-users who are specialist in the target market segments. Half of the partners are European SMEs.
Freni Brembo S.P.A. | Date: 2015-04-01
A brake gear motor (1) comprising an electric motor (2) having a motor shaft (3); a reducer (4) operatively connected, with its input side (9), to said motor shaft (3), to receive a movement and a driving torque and transmit them with its side output (10) to the brake; a housing (5) having at least one chamber (6, 28, 29); said at least one chamber (6, 28, 29) being at least partly delimited by at least one chamber wall or mantle (7) wherein a support plate (8) is provided in said housing; said motor (2) is accommodated, at least in part, in said at least one chamber (6, 28, 29); said motor shaft (3) is supported freely rotatable in said support plate (8); said reducer (4) is accommodated in said at least one chamber (6, 28, 29); said reducer (4) is supported freely rotatable in said support plate (8); said housing (5) comprises a connection rim to the brake (11) suitable to couple said housing (5) to a brake calliper (12) so as to interface with said output side (10) of the brake and allow the movement of at least one brake pad (13) towards and away from a disc brake disc (14) and exert a braking action; and in which said support plate (8) divides said housing in three chambers (6, 28, 29), a first chamber (6) accommodates the output side (10) of the reducer (4), a second chamber (28) houses at least a part of the electric motor (2), a third chamber (29) houses the input side (9) of the reducer (4) or side of the reducer connected to the electric motor (2), wherein said second chamber (28) is closed by a first cover (40) substantially cup-shaped, selected from a set of cup-shaped covers, that forms a first cover compartment (46) of a predefined size and suitable for housing a portion of a specific size of electric motor (2), in order to adapt said brake gear motor group (1) to different applications, by changing only said first cover (40) in said of first covers, and keeping the housing (5) unchanged.
Freni Brembo S.p.A. | Date: 2016-04-20
A braking system for vehicles (4) comprising one manual actuation element (8) connected to a processing unit, wherein the actuation element (8) is provided with contrasting means (32) to simulate an actuation trend, a first actuator device (36) connected to a first and to a second hydraulic circuit (40,44) of a respective first and second braking device (24,24), the first actuator device (36) being actuated by the processing unit (28). The hydraulic circuits (40,44) respectively comprise a device for regulating the pressure (48,52) interposed between the first actuator device (36) and the corresponding braking device (24,24), and connected to said processing unit (28), wherein the processing unit (28) is programmed to actuate the regulating devices (48,52) so as to set or vary the actuation pressures of the braking devices (24,24) regardless of the delivery pressures of the first actuator device (36).
Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes S.p.A. and Freni Brembo S.p.A. | Date: 2016-02-03
A disc for disc brakes comprising a metallic bell (2) and a radially external band (3) in composite material comprising carbon fibers. The bell (2) is co-casted on the radially external band (3). The radially external band (3) presents side braking surfaces (4) suitable to cooperate with brake calipers to exert a braking action on a vehicle. The radially external band (3) is shaped to form a plurality of protrusions (8) of composite material, which protrusions (8) are placed around a symmetry axis (X-X). In a radial plane, a terminal portion (20) of each protrusion (8) juts radially inwards and tapers towards the symmetry axis (X-X) and the co-casted bell (2) incorporates the terminal portions (20).
Freni Brembo S.p.A. | Date: 2015-07-22
Caliper body (6) comprising at least two chambers (3, 4) for pistons (10) or cylinders adjacent to one another and communicating with each other through at least an inner duct (16) suitable for the passage of brake fluid and wherein from said chambers (3, 4) at least two other hollow ducts (7) for brake fluid exit which move away from said chambers (3, 4), and wherein the at least one tube (7) remains embedded within the caliper body (6), is provided, wherein said inner duct (16) has rounded fitting sections (42) and (43) to the chamber (3, 4) and said hollow ducts having sections (14) next to the adjacent chambers (3, 4) having a substantially cylindrical shape.
Freni Brembo S.p.A. | Date: 2016-07-06
A milling method for making and/or finishing at least one groove (204) having a predefined groove extension axis (C-C) in a wall (203) of a cavity (202) in a workpiece (200), comprising the steps of providing at least one group (30, 31, 32, 33) of milling tools, comprising a roughing tool (57, 59, 61, 63) adapted to be rotated about a roughing axis (90, 92, 94, 96), and a finishing tool (58, 60, 62, 64) adapted to be rotated about a finishing axis (91, 93, 95, 97); arranging said roughing tool (57, 59, 61, 63) and said finishing tool (58, 60, 62, 64) with said roughing axis (90, 92, 94, 96) and said finishing axis (91, 93, 95, 97) aligned, respectively, on the same plane (25, 26, 27, 28) passing through a machining feeding axis (S-S); aligning said feeding axis (S-S) parallel to the groove extension axis (C-C) so that said roughing tool (57, 59, 61, 63) and said finishing tool (58, 60, 62, 64) can travel along said groove extension axis (C-C); rotating said roughing tool (57, 59, 61, 63) in a removal machining movement about said roughing axis (90, 92, 94, 96); rotating said finishing tool (58, 60, 62, 64) in a finishing machining movement about said finishing axis (91, 93, 95, 97); moving said at least one group of tools (30, 31, 32, 33) along said feeding axis (S-S) so that said roughing tool (57, 59, 61, 63) makes or finishes said at least one groove (204) in said wall (203) while travelling along said groove axis (C-C); continuing to move said at least one group of tools (30, 31, 32, 33) along said feeding axis (S-S) so that said finishing tool (58, 60, 62, 64) finishes said at least one groove (204) by performing a finishing operation of said at least one groove (204).