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A European project for efficient and sustainable manufacturing methods for large series of advanced composites

News International-French

20 Nov 2017

Aimplas coordinates the European project RECOTRANS, which develops new efficient and sustainable manufacturing methods that will make possible the manufacturing of large series of advanced composites materials for its incorporation in vehicles, trains and trucks.

A European project for efficient and sustainable manufacturing methods for large series of advanced composites

The new composites materials are hybrids combining thermoplastic polymeric composite and metal to achieve lighter and high-quality parts that, up to now, were limited to short series because of time-consuming and costly production process.

Composite materials provide countless advantages derived from its high performances and its low weight to sectors such as transport. The problem is that its mass production is not a reality yet due to the complex manufacturing methods required. 

In order to provide an answer to the challenge of manufacturing of large series, Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Centre, coordinates the project RECOTRANS. The objective of this European project is to develop and demonstrate an efficient and sustainable manufacturing method to allow achieving a high productivity in the manufacturing of new multi-materials for the transport sector.

The result will be lighter and high-quality hybrid structures made of thermoplastic polymeric composite and metal with lower manufacturing costs, involving energy and time savings and thus helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 

In particular, two innovative technologies will be developed: microwaves for pultrusion and RTM processes to allow obtaining long-fibre thermoplastic composites, and laser bonding to allow adding metal inserts in composite parts. From these new technologies three demonstrators will be manufactured: the cabin pillar for a Mercedes Benz truck, the roof coverage of a train manufactured by Stadler and the skin of a car door manufactured by Gestamp.

Recotrans Project

During the first stage of the project, progresses will be focused on the definition of the materials’ requirements and on the manufacturing system for the three demonstrators, as well as on the selection and adaptation of materials.

The project, which lasts 42 months, has the participation of 13 partners from seven countries and has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, under grant agreement number 768737.