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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP-2009-2.4-1 | Award Amount: 3.94M | Year: 2010

The main objective of the project is the development of new biomass-based composites validated for the automotive industry by means of the adaptation of base biopolymers and the generation of new ones, using innovative treatments for fibre reinforcements and the additivation of the base polymer with novel fillers and nanofillers. The principal research line will be focused on the adaptation of available biopolymers (PLA, PHB) and the creation of a new protein-based biopolymer (SELP) for its use as the base matrix to be able to meet automotive standard requirements. To achieve that advance, it is indispensable to improve the thermal characteristics of these polymers, the hydrolysis resistance, the dimensional stability and the volatile emission. Therefore, this project will develop several new reinforcements and novel additives like nanofillers, mineral fillers and treated natural fibres (nanocellulose) to be compounded with these base polymers in order to create new biocomposites. Accordingly, it will be used: a. Nanofillers to increase the thermal resistance. b. Natural fibres and nanocellulose to enhance the dimensional stability and the mechanical resistance. c. Mineral fillers to reduce the moisture absorbency. Another important goal in this project is the adaptation of conventional processing techniques (polymers compounding, injection moulding and thermoforming), widely used in the automotive industry, and the design of new ones tailored to these biocomposites. The challenge here will be to overcome the problem of degradation because of the extreme thermal conditions and the moisture absorbency.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-3. | Award Amount: 3.62M | Year: 2013

URBAN-EV will apply innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a 2-seat urban electric vehicle with considerably enhanced autonomy vs. the SoTA EV of its kind, and a similar occupant safety level than normal passenger cars. Specifically, a purely electric range (in urban conditions) of 150 Km is targeted as well as a compelling acceleration time of 10 s for 0-100 Km/h. The platform where these innovations will be introduced is the Casple-EV, supplied by Casple, with an overall target weight of about 720 Kg including the battery. In order to achieve the goals, the URBAN-EV consortium will design, manufacture and demonstrate new lighter architectures with enhanced engineering reliability for the principal systems of the vehicle such as chassis and body in white as well as several interior parts. Main construction materials will be light alloys and low cost polymeric composites, which will be combined using an advanced multi-material design approach. Complementary to the innovations in vehicles architecture, a braking system with enhanced energy recuperation capacity will be developed and demonstrated. Furthermore, cost efficient, high integrity manufacturing processes will be applied, with a special focus in those able to deliver complex components, therefore being liable to execute more functions without increasing cost. An important characteristic of the manufacturing technologies of URBAN-EV is its high degree of maturity, being either off the shelf or covered in previous calls.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FoF-02-2014 | Award Amount: 5.03M | Year: 2015

More and more industrial sectors are demanding high performance composite materials to face new challenges demanded by the transport sector. Carbon and glass fibre unidirectional continuous tape reinforced composites are one of the most promising options. It would be reasonable to expect that the manufacturing methods to obtain composite parts made of this hybrid material will be capable to tailor-made and optimize even more the advantageous properties given by the tapes nature. However, at the moment, these technologies are not mature enough for a full industrial implementation. Main existing barriers are related to the high consumption of resources, lower rates of automation, high production of defective and the subsequent growth of the manufacturing costs. FORTAPE aims to solve these drawbacks through the development of an efficient and optimized integrated system for the manufacturing of complex parts based on unidirectional fibre tapes for its application in the automotive and aeronautical industry, with the minimum use of materials and energy. To achieve this objective, three main routes for fibre impregnation will be researched to manufacture the unidirectional carbon and glass fibre tapes: novel heating up technologies, melted supercritical fluid-aided thermoplastic polymers and fluidized bed of powders. Novel combination of process-machine approaches will be applied in overmoulding and in-situ consolidation to manufacture the composite parts for the targeted sectors. Novel mathematical modelling and computational simulation concepts will be developed to support the structural optimization and the failure prevention and new instrumentation strategies for process control will be implemented for the selection of the best process. The FORTAPE consortium, led by CTAG, gathers 10 partners from 5 different European countries, and covers the whole value chain needed to develop new composite technologies with efficient use of materials and energy.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.3 | Award Amount: 16.19M | Year: 2010

In the PLACE-it project flexible large area electronics technologies such as foil-based electronics and light sources, stretchable and fabric electronics are combined to generate conformable systems with unique properties and technical performance. This is done by analysing, developing and implementing technology for the proper combination of functionalities in foil, stretchable and fabric substrates, resulting in conformable opto-electronic systems. Therefore PLACE-it shall develop:-Integration platform of foil, stretch and fabric technologies with opto-electronic functionality-Foil, stretchable and fabric-based devices for light emission, electronics, sensing and with interfaces to other technology building blocks-Design guidelines to implement the technology platform in a broad range of applications-Demonstrators, i.e. opto-electronic systems, showing the possibilities of the technology platformThe PLACE-it technology enables the realization of systems with unique properties and technical performance through leveraging of the advantages in the combinations of stretchability, drapeability and comfort in combination with dense electronics and large area light sources. Through standardization of interfaces between the substrates, the design space is enlarged, offering the designer more freedom to fit in his application. The systems will be completely integrated, offering potentially low cost solutions through cost-efficient manufacturing and installation. All will lead to a gamut of market opportunities, which are demonstrated and validated in the project for two application areas: A high-end application, wearable smart bandages for healthcare purposes offering more comfort and thus better acceptance by customers; and a low cost but high end product demonstrator, conformable interior lighting in cars, airplanes or trains, in any design required by the application.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SPIRE-07-2015 | Award Amount: 3.71M | Year: 2015

REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europes rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the technology readiness levels for a new generation of industrial processes that will produce new low cost competitive alloys for a wide variety of sectors across Europes manufacturing value chain. The project motivation lies on the fact that magnesium alloys can offer a significant weight reduction when compared to aluminium alloys. weight reduction is a cross sectorial key design driver, if a superior energy absorption and vibratory behaviour is added, magnesium is promising candidate for future application if some of its drawbacks are overcome, such as its cost, manufacturability problems, corrosion and creep behaviour and low allowable service temperature. Addition of Rare Earth Elements (REE) improves the performance of Mg alloys significantly, though a price increase has to be taken into account. REMAGHIC believes that by investing in recovery and recycling technologies, a new alloying process can be developed to yield low cost Mg\REE alloys. In order to do this, REE that are usually stockpiled (Ce, La) in favour of the most demanded ones (Nd, Dy) will be considered as attractive candidates to lower the price. This list of REE will be completed by other promising candidates found in the literature (Y, Gd, Sa). The project will contribute to reducing the dependency of the supply of critical elements (REE and Mg) on sources exterior to the EU and to solving the REE Balance Problem. REMAGHIC will contribute to the penetration of magnesium alloys in important sectors for the European industry (Transport, Energy, Biomedicine); it will foster the work done by Tier1s, and promote the interest of different OEMs on future generations of light structural components of competitive performance (that of primary Mg\REE alloys), low cost (that of primary Mg) and weight reduction (30%).

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