The aim of the project is to produce light, robust load-bearing structures adapted for battery storage and freight or passenger transport by combing lightweight materials.
Applications that will be studied include battery boxes from Gestamp HardTech and hoist cages from Alimak. Existing designs will be modified by combining carbon and glass-fibre composites with metal structures to reduce weight while retaining performance. RISE and PodComp will support product and process engineering and manufacture prototypes. Torays and Gränges will contribute expertise within their respective areas of materials specialisation.
The most important research topics in the project concern design and manufacturing of local reinforcements in carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The boundary layer separating the materials and its characteristics must be adapted so as to prevent corrosion problems and differences in thermal properties between the materials.
Material models for process modelling will be developed to predict the behaviour of glass and carbon-fibre hybrids during manufacturing. This will result in shorter lead times for product engineering and cost-effective manufacturing.