Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

ANTEC, S.A. and Tecnalia take part in Forma0 project for developing lighter and safer vehicles

26.11.2010
Bizkaia-based ANTEC, S.A. (New Technologies Applications) company and Tecnalia participated in Forma0 project, together with 12 other enterprises and 5 research centres.

The Forma0 Consortium, led by SEAT S.A. and managed by CTM Centre Tecnològic Foundation, has been in operation for four years and has recently terminated. It focused on new materials and processes of manufacturing that enable forming steel components with high mechanical resistance (AHSS), mainly for the automobile industry.

The aim of research into high-resistance steels is to achieve lighter and safer vehicles and, moreover, enable a reduction in fuel consumption, gas emissions and the weight of such vehicles, as well as improving resistance to impacts.

ANTEC, S.A. (specialised in the construction of electromagnetic applications) and Tecnalia have participated, together with the CTM Centre Tecnològic Foundation, in the area of work involving electromagnetic forming. The principal results were as follows:

It was possible to deform HSS steel by means of electromagnetic forming. This was because of the use of new materials which have enabled increasing energy in the expansion coilers to 30 kJ, meaning an improvement of 300 % with respect to what had been achieved prior to the project.

As regards holding and clamping processes, the design of the coilers has been optimised both from a mechanical perspective and as regards giving repetitive results.

In the application of tube union, mechanically resistant unions have been obtained.

The development of the coils has meant a qualitative leap with respect to the start of the project: the electromechanical actuators developed are longer lasting and capable of withstanding greater energy.

The participants

The Forma0 Consortium was made up of 13 companies and led by SEAT S.A., the others being Gestamp Automoción, Rovalma, Grup TTC, Mol-Matric, Grupo Antolin-PGA, Sandvik Española, Batz, Industrias Laneko, Antec, CTES, Troe and Industrias Puigjaner. Common to all these was the high specialisation in the different areas of the project. Also part of this project were 6 research centres led by the CTM Centre Tecnològic Foundation, the others being AIMEN, AIN, Ascamm, Tecnalia and UPC, thus guaranteeing wide-ranging technical coverage and contributing specialised, first-rate technological knowledge and infrastructure for helping in undertaking R+D.

Amaia Portugal | alfa
Further information:
http://www.elhuyar.com
http://www.basqueresearch.com/berria_irakurri.asp?Berri_Kod=3068&hizk=I

Further reports about: ANTEC CONSORTIUM CTM Forma0 Foundation Industrias SEAT TECNALIA gas emission

More articles from Automotive Engineering:

nachricht When your car knows how you feel
20.12.2017 | FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

nachricht Did you know how many parts of your car require infrared heat?
23.10.2017 | Heraeus Noblelight GmbH

All articles from Automotive Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Optical Nanoscope Allows Imaging of Quantum Dots

Physicists have developed a technique based on optical microscopy that can be used to create images of atoms on the nanoscale. In particular, the new method allows the imaging of quantum dots in a semiconductor chip. Together with colleagues from the University of Bochum, scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute reported the findings in the journal Nature Photonics.

Microscopes allow us to see structures that are otherwise invisible to the human eye. However, conventional optical microscopes cannot be used to image...

Im Focus: Artificial agent designs quantum experiments

On the way to an intelligent laboratory, physicists from Innsbruck and Vienna present an artificial agent that autonomously designs quantum experiments. In initial experiments, the system has independently (re)discovered experimental techniques that are nowadays standard in modern quantum optical laboratories. This shows how machines could play a more creative role in research in the future.

We carry smartphones in our pockets, the streets are dotted with semi-autonomous cars, but in the research laboratory experiments are still being designed by...

Im Focus: Scientists decipher key principle behind reaction of metalloenzymes

So-called pre-distorted states accelerate photochemical reactions too

What enables electrons to be transferred swiftly, for example during photosynthesis? An interdisciplinary team of researchers has worked out the details of how...

Im Focus: The first precise measurement of a single molecule's effective charge

For the first time, scientists have precisely measured the effective electrical charge of a single molecule in solution. This fundamental insight of an SNSF Professor could also pave the way for future medical diagnostics.

Electrical charge is one of the key properties that allows molecules to interact. Life itself depends on this phenomenon: many biological processes involve...

Im Focus: Paradigm shift in Paris: Encouraging an holistic view of laser machining

At the JEC World Composite Show in Paris in March 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be focusing on the latest trends and innovations in laser machining of composites. Among other things, researchers at the booth shared with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) will demonstrate how lasers can be used for joining, structuring, cutting and drilling composite materials.

No other industry has attracted as much public attention to composite materials as the automotive industry, which along with the aerospace industry is a driver...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

10th International Symposium: “Advanced Battery Power – Kraftwerk Batterie” Münster, 10-11 April 2018

08.01.2018 | Event News

See, understand and experience the work of the future

11.12.2017 | Event News

Innovative strategies to tackle parasitic worms

08.12.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Rutgers scientists discover 'Legos of life'

23.01.2018 | Life Sciences

Seabed mining could destroy ecosystems

23.01.2018 | Earth Sciences

Transportable laser

23.01.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>