The Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) roadmap on Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM) aims to develop successful marketable transport vehicles with shorter development times. There are five main challenges related to VDM:
- growing competition from emerging economies;
- growing complexity and cost pressure;
- increasing number of environmental and safety regulations;
- more companies competing;
- behavioural change in users and industry.
This roadmap also establishes three main cross-modal objectives, which are described as follows:
- Advancements on design tools and processes. Integrated, multidisciplinary, scientific based and validated design processes and tools, that make use of high performance computing resources, will allow efficient design, optimisation and manufacturing of transport vehicles. New tools and processes will expand the design space offering more environmentally friendly options, substantially decrease the development lead time and maintain or even increase safety and security.
- Advancements on new vehicle concepts and architectures. Evolutionary and disruptive vehicle concepts that will adopt new technologies, as soon as they are developed, and fully integrate them in the design of the next generation vehicles, providing significant improvements in emissions in all transport sectors. Energy efficiency gains are expected to come not only from components and systems but also from their integration.
- Circular economy, modular vehicle architecture and remanufacturing, greening industry. Greening the primary production and supply chain operations could be achieved by optimizing processes, with digitalization along the value chain enabling modular vehicle architecture and a closed loop approach. There is need for research on innovative end-of-life recovery options, which allows for a shift from traditional recycling to eco-design and eco-manufacturing.
Enable shorter vehicle design, development and manufacturing cycles by:
- supporting research on design tools and processes, including disruptive technologies;
- facilitating technology convergence;
- developing strategic testing facilities;
- developing further and exploit better high performance computing (HPC) facilities;
- automating design and manufacturing;
- developing new multifunctional materials;
- developing an agile market for facilitating implementation of disruptive technologies.
Enable new vehicle concepts, business models and modular vehicle architectures by:
- support research on new vehicle concepts and architectures.
- support research on electric/hybrid vehicles, systems, system integration and enabling technologies;
- support power systems validation facility;
- exploit synergies with the power-electronics industry and explore disruptive technologies for heat dissipation;
- exploit synergies with space & defence.
Reduce the environmental impact and allow for higher recycling and/or re-manufacturing by:
- support research on greening the primary production and supply chain operations by innovative tools for optimising processes, with digitalisation along the value chain (including security of data exchange);
- support research on innovative End-of-Life recovery options (shift from traditional recycling to more energy efficient re-manufacturing and new second life applications;
- support research on new lightweight and easily recyclable materials.
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