High volume production of polymeric composite components
Purpose and goal
The purpose with this project was to investigate possibilities for faster manufacturing of fibre reinforced composite components. The goal was to show that it is possible to manufacture these with similar technology as in sheet metal manufacturing (especially manufacturing and forming). The project results verify the basic idea, but it remains to be investigated the performance in larger scale and in an automated environment.
Results and expected effects
By adapting sheet metal manufacturing technology, CFRP sheets has been manufactured in less than 2 minutes in lab.scale. Increased market for coating and tool technology for manufacturing of composites can be expected, and, with further research, also cost-efficient high-volume manufacturing of composite components for the vehicle industry.
Approach and implementation
The project has been performed in cooperation between the research organizations Swerea KIMAB, Swerea SICOMP, IUC Olofström; and the industrial partners Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks, AP&T, Uddeholm, Oerlikon Balzers Coating. The main project was managed by Swerea and WP lead was divided between the research organizations: Swerea SICOMP (WP1), Swerea KIMAB (WP2), IUC Olofström (WP3).