Efficient production of hybrid structures
|Coordinator||Swerea SICOMP AB - Swerea SICOMP, Piteå|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||May 2014 - January 2015|
|Venture||Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation|
Purpose and goal
The project idea aims to help Swedish suppliers and vehicle manufacturers to continue to be competitive on the international market that in the future require environmentally friendly vehicles consisting of combinations of metal and composite materials. Within the area there are major new initiatives around the world, not least in Germany and Japan. The project´s purpose and the main goal to build a Swedish constellation that is capable of acting as a supplier of hybrid structures produced in very large volumes and high production rate has not been met within the project period.
Results and expected effects
The long-term objective of the project idea is to produce hybrid structures composed of steel and composite materials that can be sold on the international market and contribute to green sustainable growth. The long-term objectives have not been met within the initiation project but the work has started. The project has identified gaps in the supply chain. Especially Swedish suppliers of materials and composite manufacturers are lacking. In addition, a number of research issues and challenges have been identified. Efforts to achieve the long-term project goals will continue.
Approach and implementation
Volvo Cars needs suppliers of eco-friendly hybrid structures for future cars e.g Gestamp Hardtech currently supplying components in steel. In order to meet future needs HardTech have explored how to be able to supply lightweight hybrid structures to the industry. Stena Recycling has contributed to the project with knowledge of how these can be recycled. Swerea SICOMP has extensive experience in composites and hybrid structures from other industries and has coordinated the project.