Joint R&D Projects
Together with the AZL Partner Companies, we regularly realize Joint Partner Projects on different lightweight research and development questions.
Benefits of Participants:
〉〉 Detailed, pre-competitive investigation of lightweight materials, systems or processes
〉〉 Cost-effective budget based on joint cost sharing
〉〉 Exclusive projects with AZL Partner Institutes and AZL Partner Companies
New Joint Partner Projects starting in 2019 and 2020:
Within the Joint Partner Project “New Designs for Low-Cost and Energy-Efficient Double-Belt Presses” and the Follow-Up Project which was successfully accomplished in May 2019, a prototype machine of an Inductive Double Belt Press was developed, designed and built. The general machine concept has been validated.
This third project with the focus on process evaluations comprises an upgrade and optimization of the system for advanced material and processing studies and will include extensive material and processing studies for demonstration of wide applicability of a novel machine concept to identify which materials can be processed at which speeds, which requirements do exist using the material and which reproducibility can be achieved in impregnation and consolidation. It will also be examined how thermal process parameters influence the product quality and how the different pressure profiles enable different laminate types.
This project is open to join, for more information regarding questions and how to join please contact us directly.
Project Start: forseeably January 2020
Project Duration: 6 months
The project starting in January is evolving the development of a base and road map for the data harmonization of SMC that has been worked on by the AZL, IKV, M-Base and the AZL Partner Network during the last SMC Workgroup Meetings.
This project will define the appropriate material properties that can be used by stakeholders involved in the material selection and will explore the appropriate material parameters that enable a detailed material selection within the framework of the preliminary design. The
process-dependent material parameters for the design of process and structure will also be viewed in the course of the project.
Furthermore it will be addressed how the characteristic values can be used for process and structure simulation and which tests and production parameters provide significant, appropriate process-dependent material parameters at manageable costs.
Test specimens will be produced from three materials selected by the consortium and the suitability of the proposed test procedure for the different materials will be assessed. The project will include the testing of the process-relevant and mechanical properties as well as the feasibility of the proposed test methods for the different materials.
Project Start: January 2020
Project Duration: 6 months
The project starting in November aims to develop a system model based on parameters for efficient calculation of KPI’s. Within the project the specific challenges of a multi-material battery casing are investigated. During the investigations a concept of a system model including domain specific models is designed and the potential of various concepts with different materials and manufacturing processes with linked parameters will be identified, analyzed and evaluated. The project is open to join, for more information regarding questions and how to join please contact us directly.
Project Start: November
Project Duration: 6 months
Latest Joint Partner Projects:
By implementing the prototype machine, the initial Joint Partner Project is completed. The partners decided already to continue the joint research with a follow-up project which comprises the prototype upgrade and optimization for advanced material and processing studies as well as extensive material and processing studies for demonstration of wide applicability of the novel machine concept in the industry.
This project is open to join for AZL Partners exclusively, for more information regarding questions and how to join please contact us directly.
Project Start: October 2018
Project Duration: 18 months
A follow-up project started at the end of 2016 to progress on the developed double-belt press system with the aim to build an industry-scaled machine according to the pursued concepts. The final design phase of the novel double belt press machine system has already been reached. The optimization of the inductor homogeneity is currently in progress, so is the procurement of induction heating equipment. AZL is preparing a scale-up estimation regarding cost and energy consumption of the system.
Large-scale production of composite sheets can be achieved by a continuous production process using double-belt presses. Current machine designs however suffer from low energy efficiency as well as strong limitations concerning the product geometry flexibility.
In the first project phase, the AZL, together with six partner companies, developed a prototype for proof-of-principle of a novel cost and energy-efficient double-belt press system for the continuous production of composite sheets. A follow-up project will start at the end of 2016 to progress on the developed double-belt press system with the aim to build an industry-scaled machine according to the pursued concepts.
To increase resource-efficiency in the production of continuous fiber-reinforced plastics, the processing of scrap-optimized blanks with defined fiber alignment (“tailored composite blanks”) on basis of unidirectional semi-finished products (thermoplastic tapes, tow-pregs or dry-fibres) offers high potential compared to textile-based pre-products. Nonetheless, today’s production systems for the manufacturing of tailored composite blanks are limited in throughput per system.
The 18-month Joint Partner Project involves 12 Partner Companies from seven countries to develop a machine prototype for proving the feasibility of a novel manufacturing principle to produce tailored composite blanks in seconds at medium investment cost.
In addition to Joint Partner Projects, we offer project management for individual research and development project also to companies outside the AZL Partnership, or support you in finding the right partners for your ideas.