Development of ultralight chassis

The purpose of the project was to connect the potentials of the existing research and development institutions with development teams in the industry within the project region. The project has arisen on the basis of current changes in the mobility technologies and related initiatives of the project partners, who have seen research and development challenges and business opportunities in the project due to the niche technology. The objective of the project was to explore composite material combinations and their suitability for light construction and to develop technologies for economical production of highly stressed structural parts. As part of this project combinations of composite materials made of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) or natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP) have been explored. Their suitability for the production of light vehicles (for highly stressed structural elements) has been researched. Developed technologies and components have been tested in light electric vehicles, where the use of lightweight structures and materials is very important for the optimum use of power stored in the batteries and other sources. This project makes an important contribution to sustainable development in the region and wider.

Project partners: Oprema Ravne d.o.o., Fachhochschule Kärnten, Villach/Beljak and Wood Carinthian Competence Center (W3C), Sankt Veit an der Glan/ Šentvid ob Glini.

Development of a car prototype with lightest possible chassis.

Designing of elements for energy absorption in the event of collision (Crashbox).

Testing of Crash box materials at different collision speeds: aluminium, composite materials and combination of materials (hybrid tubes).

Gold Award at the Fair eCarTec and Materialica in Munich

The world of materials is developing rapidly and is becoming increasingly complex. A high class and attractive product today distinguishes itself especially through a perfect combination of intelligent material selection, expert engineering, high degree of innovation and impressive design. Due to its unique appeal to designers and engineers alike, the Materialica Design and Technology Award has become one of the most important awards recognizing innovation in the area of material development and material applications since it was introduced in 2003. Materialica Design + Technology Award is awarded in 5 Categories: Material, Surface&Technology, Product, CO2 Efficiency and Special Award: Student. This year, the jury selected the best works among more than 100 applications. For the Irreversible Crash Absorber made of aluminium and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which was developed under the project UL4C together with the Austrian partners Fachhochschule Kärnten and W3C, we received the Gold Award in the category Product (Gold Award Certificate).

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