Hivocomp: R&D Project to Mass-produce Composite Materials
2011 marked the start of an ambitious European collaborative research project that focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art of composite materials technology to bring it closer to mass-production for automotive applications. Hivocomp will last in total 4 years and intends to significantly speed up the composites production process, a key factor for the establishment of plastics in the commercial vehicles market.
Project partners include three large European automotive OEMs (VW, Daimler, CRF), suitcase manufacturer Samsonite, four highly specialised suppliers in the field of composite materials and their applications, and six leading universities that constitute the cutting edge of composite materials research in Europe.
Hivocomp will develop further two material systems that show unique promise for cost-effective high-volume production of high performance carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts: advanced polyurethane (PU) thermoset matrix materials and thermoplastic PP-based and PA6-based self-reinforced polymer composites with continuous carbon fibre reinforcements.
The performance, production cost and recyclability of new CFRP materials systems will be thoroughly tested and benchmarked to ensure the results reach and exceed cost, safety and environmental targets. Validated demonstrator parts will be produced in 2013, ensuring the large-scale societal impact of the innovations.
HIVOCOMP (Advanced materials enabling HIgh-VOlume road transport applications of lightweight structural COMPosite parts) launched officially in October 2010 and is funded under the topic NMP-2009-2.5-1 “Light high-performance composites” of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Project coordinator is Prof. Ignaas Verpoest of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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