A Concrete and Viable Example of Multimaterial Body: The Evolution Project Main Outcomes
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Author/sCischino, Elena; Vuluga, Zina; Elizetxea, Cristina; Benito, Iratxe Lopez; Mangino, Enrico; [et al.]
Body in White
Funded by the EC FP7 Programme, EVolution project demonstrated that it is possible to consistently reduce the vehicle weight through the wide use of new materials and process technologies, mainly by developing a multi-material Body-in-White. This paper focuses on three of the five structural body demonstrators, the main objective of the framework, strongly hybridized with aluminum and thermoplastic composite materials, specifically developed and manufactured through innovative technologies. Directing in particular the analysis on medium production volumes (> 30,000 units/year), the industrial viability is evaluated in terms of TAKT time, lightweighting costs, weight reduction and structural performances achieved.