PLUGG II - From Concept to an Idustrial Jointing Technology

Reference number 2016-03374
Coordinator RISE IVF AB - Avdelningen för Tillverkning
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 600 000
Project duration October 2016 - December 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture FFI - Sustainable production
Call 2015-06854-en

Purpose and goal

The goal of the project is to develop an industrial process for mechanical joining by self-piercing riveting in multi-material based on the plug joining method. The project will take the joining technology from test stages in rigs to an industrially useful process technology, including a demonstrator of a combination machine for plug joining. The aim is to develop a robust process for plug joining, which can be combined with adhesive bonding, enabling introduction of material combinations that are around the corner but that requires an effective joining method to be utilised..

Expected results and effects

The main result is to demonstrate and validate the technology for an efficient process for mechanical joining based on the plug method for hybrid joining of multi-material. This is to ensure an effective, capable and sustainable process for joining that increases the ability to create lightweight yet safe vehicles, allows for innovative design solutions, and is prepared for future composite materials. It is important to prepare for the implementation of the technology. Therefore, production of process equipment, design guidelines and design parameters are central.

Planned approach and implementation

From the material matrix previously studied in the PLUG project, some products with different material combinations will be selected for the application of the plug joining concept. At the same time the development and production of a machine concept will be performed and simplified calculation and simulation models be developed to facilitate the generation of design guidelines. The idea is to summarise the project activities in a demonstration cell to demonstrate the complete technology and to validate the process.

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