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Fabrication of Lightweight Aluminium Metal matrix composites and validation In Green vehicles

FLAMINGo

Fabrication of Lightweight Aluminium Metal matrix composites and validation In Green vehicles

Call for proposal: 
H2020-LC-GV-2020
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

FLAMINGo will propose a novel industrial manufacturing route for the efficient production of high performance lightweight Aluminium composite materials thanks to a novel metallurgical and forming combined approach for making automotive parts. The intensification of use of the Aluminium composites will be driven mainly by the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology that are forcing automakers to look for innovative ways to lightweight the vehicles. The goals of FLAMINGo will be related to the manufacturing of a strengthened Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites Al-MMC with elevated properties (+200% strength and +30% stiffness) compared to current Al alloys used in automotive. FLAMINGo will provide engineering solutions to substitute steel components in BEV automotive parts and achieve a substantial reduction of weight (up to 20%).

To reach these goals the project will target the following development steps at prototype and full scale:

  • The production of nanoparticles concentrated masterbatches of Al-MMC, via solid state mechanical alloying, to assure a complete dispersion of the nanoparticles in the Al metal before inoculation in the melt;
  • Casting of Al-MMC components by inoculating the masterbatch in an Al melt, and homogenized by ultrasonication and electromagnetic stirring systems;
  • Production of smaller components (brackets and connectors) by Low Pressure Die Casting LPDC and bigger components, like subframes, by Green Sand Casting to demonstrate broader feasibility and applicability of Al-MMC;
  • Extrusion of cast billets for making profiles for the body frame;
  • Identification of the welding techniques for joining Al-MMC components, and assessment of the application via TIG, GTAW and RSW;
  • Use of these components for substitution of steels and aluminium parts in electric vehicles, validation of components estimated service life and installation on vehicles;
  • Recycling of Al-MMC components supported also by the use of secondary aluminium in the formulation.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
LC-GV-06-2020 Advanced light materials and their production processes for automotive applications
Lead Organisation: 

Mbn Nanomaterialia S.p.a.

Address: 
Via G. Bortolan 42
31030 VASCON DI CARBONERA (TV)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€621,075
Partner Organisations: 

Alke Srl

Address: 
VIA CILE 3-5-7
35127 PADOVA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€356,563

European Federation For Welding Joining And Cutting

Address: 
AV ANTOON VAN OSS 1 4
1120 BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€337,500

Constellium Uk Limited

Address: 
GRENVILLE COURT BRITWELL ROAD
BURNHAM
SL1 8DF
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€328,650

Factor Ideas Integral Services Sl

Address: 
CALLE COLON DE LARRETAEGUI 26-1
48009 BILBAO
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€203,000

Axia Innovation Ug

Address: 
TURKENSTRASSE 29
80799 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€330,750

Kampakas Metallourgiki Techniki Emporiki Kai Viomichaniki Ae

Address: 
ANATOLIKIS THRAKIS 2
16122 KAISARIANI
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€306,425

Instituto De Soldadura E Qualidade

Address: 
TAGUSPARK AVENIDA PROFESSOR DR CAVACO SILVA 33 TALAIDE
2740 120 PORTO SALVO
Portugal
EU Contribution: 
€662,938

Verein Fuer Praktische Giessereiforschung

Address: 
PARKSTRASSE 21
8700 LEOBEN
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€758,750

Brunel University

Address: 
Kingston Lane
UXBRIDGE
UB83PH
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€539,761
Technologies: 
Development phase: