Materials, Manufacturing & Systems

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Challenges: Developing the materials and systems of tomorrow, as well as their related processes, to enable the automotive industry to meet demands for lighter, more reliable and more environmentally friendly products

Key technologies of the 2013-2018 performance contract

Weight reduction

Reducing vehicle weight is a crucial field of research that will lead to reduced energy consumption and emissions. Cutting a car's weight by 100 kg reduces CO2 emissions by 10g per km. Various possibilities are being explored in this area: use of new materials, composites in particular, multi-material assembly technologies and development of new architectures.

Health interactions: interior air quality, noise, EMC

In-vehicle health and wellness are growing societal concerns in all countries. A plethora of technologies are under development to improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and minimise electromagnetic radiation.

Technologies to reduce the environmental footprint of the "vehicle" system (recycling, disassembly, logistics, green materials, etc.)

Ecodesign allows the environmental impact of vehicles to be reduced by better managing resources, developing new manufacturing processes and improving end-of-life processing.

A digital chain that caters for new materials, assembly methods and environmental constraints

The development of new digital calculation and validation tools (software, databases, etc.) is crucial in order to simulate the behaviour of new materials and new assembly processes.

Work streams of Key Area "Materials, Manufacturing & Systems"

STREAM 1 - Innovative materials
  • Metals, composites, plastics, glass, recycled materials, biomaterials, semi-conductors, etc.
  • Functionalised & smart materials
  • Assemblies
STREAM 2 - Manufacturing
  • New processes: 3D printing, cobotics, robotics, etc.
  • Factories and their environment, the human component of factories
  • Extended digital factories (connected, etc.)
STREAM 3 - Interactions, comfort & health
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Vibroacoustics
  • Interior air quality and material emissions
STREAM 4 - Design
  • Digital tools: multi-physical modelling, materials, processes, etc.
  • Ecodesign, LCA, recycling, weight reduction, etc.
  • Systems approach, architectures, CPS, reliability, etc.
Examples of products stemming from R&D projects

Lycos by Faurecia