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DEC 2018

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TRENDS DECEMBER 2018 16 CompositesWorld AUTOMOTIVE A new research project, Tucana, will focus on light- weighting technology with the help of experts from the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG, Coventry, UK), a department at the University of Warwick focused on research in engineering, manufacturing and technology. The research will develop scalable carbon fiber New research project aims to boost electric vehicle performance composite solutions with the goal of boosting the perfor- mance of electric vehicles. As part of the project, WMG will manufacture carbon fiber components in its new Materials Engineering Centre, which has dedicated facilities for composite and hybrid structures. To gather the material optimization and characterization, WMG will trial the manu- factured materials on its newly installed composite materials processing equipment (which received £1.3 million in funding from the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult). WMG will receive £4 million, of £18.7 million in government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC, Coventry, UK). Tucana, led by Jaguar Land Rover (Coventry), brings together partners Expert Tooling & Automation Ltd. (Coventry), Broetje-Automation UK Ltd. (Chester, UK), Toray International UK Ltd. (London, UK), CCP Gransden Ltd. (Newtownards, UK) and Magna Exteriors Ltd. (Banbury, UK). The goal of Project Tucana is to allow the true environmental credentials of electric vehicles to be realized by enabling wider adoption. The CO 2 benefit of the project, between the years 2023- 2032, is projected at 4.5 million tons. Source | WMG TPAC and TPRC develop thermoplastic composites recycling process The ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC, Enschede, The Netherlands) and the Thermoplastic Research Centre (TPRC, Enschede) have developed a new recycling process for thermoplastic composites. Known as TPC-Cycle, the project targets production scrap by developing a recycling route for high-end and high-volume markets. The objective is to retain the high mechanical properties of thermoplastic composites and reduce the overall environmental impact at ažordable cost. The project includes the process from waste collec- tion to shredding, reprocessing and application. The recycling solution boasts short cycle times, net-shape manufacturing and is said to enable the production of complex shapes. According to TPAC, high mechanical properties are obtained by retaining long fiber lengths. Three demonstrators for aerospace parts are currently being developed to show the application in a high-value market. In addition to TPAC and TPRC, the collaboration includes several industrial partners in the value chain, from materials to manufacturing, design and application: GKN Aerospace Fokker Business (Redditch, UK), TenCate Advanced Composites (Nijverdal, The Netherlands), Cato Composite Innovations (Rheden, The Netherlands), Dutch Thermoplastic Components (Almere, The Netherlands) and Nido RecyclingTechniek (Nijverdal, The Netherlands). The project is facilitated by Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Deventer, The Netherlands) and with the finan- cial support of Regieorgaan SIA, part of The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Source | TPRC/TPAC

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