The aim of LEVIS Project would be to develop a new manufacturing route able to fill the current industrial gap present in mass production automotive applications. By adopting an eco- and circular design concept from the design phase to the end-of-life stage, LEVIS project will develop, verify and demonstrate lightweight structural parts in electrical vehicles. Enhanced sustainability, improved raw material use-, energy- and cost efficiency, reduced weight yet high structural integrity and reliability are expected to be achieved. LEVIS envisages the use of multi-material solutions based on fibre reinforced thermoplast.
LEVIS aims at the development of structural parts in automotive using thermoplastic based CFRP/metal hybrid materials integrated with SHM system in order to achieve a significant weight reduction while keeping the mechanical in-service performance of the targeted parts. For that, new sustainable materials, suitable manufacturing/assembly procedures, advanced simulation methodologies/workflows and innovative sensing/monitoring technologies will be developed, implemented and validated. Recyclable resins, bio-resourced CF and recycled CF will be developed and used for these parts for enhanced sustainability. The feasibility and scale-up capability of production of these lightweight materials and structural parts will be verified and demonstrated. A circular-design approach will be used for constructing the structural parts in order to maximise their service-life and enable easy, effective and efficient dismantling and reuse of the components (both CFRP- and metal-) in the parts as well as recovery of resins and fibres with sufficient quality for second-life use.
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The EU-funded REVOLUTION project aims at overcoming the challenges hindering the use of recycled materials, but more broadly, restricting the widespread adoption of circular economy principles in the automotive industry. Forthcoming end-of-life vehicle directives are expected to recognise the potential for plastics to enable a circular flow of materials in the automotive sector. REVOLUTION will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to optimise the input of recycled materials and injection moulding process to deliver high-quality parts. The project will bring together leading organisations from European strong-hold industries such as automotive, chemicals and plastics.
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The EU-funded Fatigue4Light project plans to investigate lightweight solutions adapted to the chassis part of electric vehicles that will render them up to 30 % lighter and safer. The project will introduce new materials with high fatigue performance such as advanced high-strength steels, aluminium alloys and hybrid fibre-reinforced composites; moreover, it will develop new models for predicting fatigue performance and design new methodologies for reducing material testing time. Attention will also be given to how cutting and welding processes could positively affect the overall fatigue performance of chassis components. Ultimately, six lab-scale and industrial demonstrators will be developed to validate the proposed solutions.
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The future of electric vehicles hinges on their weight. Since it takes less energy to accelerate a lighter object, advanced lightweight materials can help improve efficiency. The EU-funded ALMA project will develop a novel battery electric vehicle (BEV) structure for a passenger car with 45 % weight reduction potential. The project will adopt circular economy principles through the application of eco-design strategies to create a novel recyclable and affordable BEV platform. Specifically, the project will design a multi-material modular platform made by combining advanced high-strength steels, advanced sheet moulding compound and steel hybrid materials, characterised with multiscale model-based tools. The platform will be recyclable since it will be possible to separate components at the end-of-life for repair and reuse.
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Raw materials are crucial to Europe’s economy forming a strong industrial base and producing a broad range of goods and applications. To ensure the EU has access to critical raw materials (CRMs), the EU-funded SALEMA project will focus on solutions for CRM-reliant high-performance aluminium (Al) grades required in electrical vehicles. SALEMA proposes a circular economy model using scrap metal as an alternative source of CRM and finding suitable CRM substitutes in alloying systems. SALEMA will put together an industrial and user-driven consortium that represents the entire sector of Al in automotive applications. Four industrial pilots will be conducted to validate the newly developed Al alloys with five car-part demonstrations in five case studies. In simple words, the SALEMA project is a combined strategy of decreasing the critical raw material dependency (from magnesium and silicon) and creating a sustainable economy in the aluminium manufacturing industry of Europe.
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SALIENT is an EU-funded Research & Innovation Action (RIA), focusing on future-proof light vehicle designs, which have an increased compatibility with mixed traffic and are better prepared for crashes and collisions. The overall aim is to offer Novel Concepts for Safer, Lighter, Circular and Smarter Vehicle Design.
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Topic: CL5-2021-D6-01-10 – Testing safe lightweight vehicles and improved safe human-technology interaction in the future traffic system
Project Title: Fabrication of Lightweight Aluminum Metal matrix composites and validation In Green vehicles Topic: LC-GV-06-2020 Advanced light materials and their production processes for automotive applications.
This Project has received funding from the European Community’s H2020. Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 101007011. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. Funding Scheme: H2020-LC-GV-2020