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Net-shape joining technology to manufacture 3D multi-materials components based on metal alloys and thermoplastic composites

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EC-Contrib. €






 ComMUnion project word cloud

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Project "ComMUnion" data sheet

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postcode: 36410

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙917˙391 €
 EC max contribution 4˙863˙011 € (82%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Technologies for Factories of the Future)
 Code Call H2020-FoF-2015
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2019-05-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
3    PANEPISTIMIO PATRON EL (RIO PATRAS) participant 430˙562.00
4    ESI GROUP FR (PARIS) participant 344˙166.00
5    AFPT GMBH DE (DORTH) participant 340˙725.00
6    MOTOFIL - ROBOTICS SA PT (ILHAVO) participant 279˙475.00
7    LUNOVU GMBH DE (HERZOGENRATH) participant 218˙542.00
8    SYM VOULOI KAI PROIONTA LOGISMIKOU AE EL (Athens) participant 207˙638.00
9    TECNATOM S.A. ES (SAN SEBASTIAN DE LOS REYES - MADRID) participant 207˙638.00
10    TOPSOLID FR (EVRY) participant 203˙000.00
11    Philips GmbH DE (Hamburg) participant 197˙811.00
12    AUTOTECH ENGINEERING SL ES (BIZKAIA) participant 176˙488.00
13    UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA PT (COIMBRA) participant 151˙500.00
14    NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES SL ES (MADRID) participant 123˙988.00
15    ACITURRI ENGINEERING SL ES (BOECILLO) participant 107˙611.00
16    TRUMPF PHOTONIC COMPONENTS GMBH DE (ULM) participant 53˙138.00


 Project objective

ComMUnion enables productive and cost effective manufacturing of 3D metal/ Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRT) multi-material components. ComMUnion will develop a novel solution combining tape placement of CFRTs with controlled laser-assisted heating in a multi-stage robot solution. High-speed laser texturing and cleaning will overcome the limitations of current joining technology to provide greatest performance joints. ComMUnion will rely on a robot-based approach enabling on-line inspection for layer-to-layer self-adjustment of the process. Moreover, tools for multi-scale modelling, parametric offline programming, quality diagnosis and decision support will be developed under a cognitive approach to ensure interoperability and usability. ComMUnion will address the following key innovations: - Texturing and cleaning based on high speed laser scanning for surface condition. - High-speed spatially resolved control of surface temperature profile. - Multi-scale metal/CFRP modelling, self-adaptive process control, and quality diagnosis based on multimodal active imaging. ComMUnion approach will decrease by 30% the consumption of titanium and boron steel, (costly alloys requiring critical materials). Besides, reinforcement of textured metallic surfaces with CFRT tapes will increase mechanical performance of multi-material components over 30% without cost increase. Manufacturing of two pilot-cases for automotive and aeronautics will demonstrate the scalability of the joining process. It will be possible trough a consortium with a strong involvement of industrial partners (73% of which 55% are SMEs). The outline of the business plan ensures the exploitation of the project results. With a target market of 2.000 companies and a fair estimate of 2% market penetration (5 years after the commercialization start), ComMUnion will result in 40M€/year incomes.


List of deliverables.
Project Website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-01-28 10:22:52

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ComMUnion deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Kira van der Straeten, Oliver Nottrodt, Milena Zuric, Alexander Olowinsky, Peter Abels, Arnold Gillner
Polygon scanning system for high-power, high-speed microstructuring
published pages: 491-494, ISSN: 2212-8271, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2018.08.137
Procedia CIRP 74 2020-01-28
2018 Konstantinos Anyfantis, Panagiotis Stavropoulos, George Chryssolouris
Fracture mechanics based assessment of manufacturing defects laying at the edge of CFRP-metal bondlines
published pages: 173-183, ISSN: 0944-6524, DOI: 10.1007/s11740-018-0796-1
Production Engineering 12/2 2020-01-28
2016 Panagis Foteinopoulos, Panagiotis Stavropoulos, Alexios Papacharalampopoulos, George Chryssolouris
Unified Approach in Design and Manufacturing Optimization of Hybrid Metal-composites Parts
published pages: 59-64, ISSN: 2212-8271, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.09.035
Procedia CIRP 55 2020-01-28
2017 F. Rodríguez, I. Cotto, S. Dasilva, P. Rey, K. Van der Straeten
Speckle characterization of surface roughness obtained by laser texturing
published pages: 519-525, ISSN: 2351-9789, DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2017.09.077
Procedia Manufacturing 13 2020-01-28
2017 C. Kukla, T. Peters, H. Janssen, C. Brecher
Joining of Thermoplastic Tapes with Metal Alloys Utilizing Novel Laser Sources and Enhanced Process Control in a Tape Placement Process
published pages: 85-90, ISSN: 2212-8271, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2017.03.307
Procedia CIRP 66 2020-01-28
2017 Konstantinos Anyfantis, Panagis Foteinopoulos, Panagiotis Stavropoulos
Design for Manufacturing of Multi-material Mechanical Parts: A Computational Based Approach
published pages: 22-26, ISSN: 2212-8271, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2017.03.365
Procedia CIRP 66 2020-01-28

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