Recotrans project first demo samples

The RECOTRANS project, a new manufacturing process for sustainable vehicles

The European RECOTRANS project obtains its first three demo samples thanks to a new manufacturing process using microwaves and lightweight multi-materials to manufacture more sustainable vehicles. The project, led by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, will make it possible to produce lighter and, therefore, less polluting vehicles without increasing the cost. A cost and consumption reduction has been confirmed in the manufacture of these three prototypes, as has the feasibility of recycling and processing the resulting material.


Developing technologies to reduce vehicles weight without increasing their cost

Means of transport in Europe are responsible for about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. One of the measures for combating environmental pollution is reducing the weight of vehicles. This not only helps reduce fuel consumption, but also improves vehicle performance, reduces the load on the suspension and braking systems and opens the door to introducing electric vehicles, where vehicle range is still a critical point.

To achieve these results, AIMPLAS is coordinating the RECOTRANS project, whose main objective is to develop and design technologies and solutions that reduce the weight of vehicles without increasing their cost. Multi-material thermoplastic components are therefore now being developed. They not only help make the parts lighter, but also allow for more complex designs. Then, microwave curing is also used in the manufacturing process to reduce manufacturing times and energy consumption, and metal-polymer hybrid welding is used to reduce the consumption of raw materials and improve the standardization and automation of the production process. And it is all watched over by a smart production line monitoring system.


The first demo samples

The result of this innovative system will be three demo samples from the automotive, truck and rail sectors: specifically, the door of a car, the rear suspension of a truck cab and the interior panel of a train coach. Progress made in the project’s 30th month shows that, following the manufacture of the first prototypes, a significant cost and energy consumption reduction was achieved compared to conventional composites. It also provides a feasible scenario for recycling and the processing of recycled thermoplastic composites.


Recotrans project logoThe RECOTRANS project, which started in October 2017 and will end in October 2021, has received funding from the European Union within the framework of the programme H2020. A total of 13 partners from seven countries take part in it. The developments carried out in this project will be applied to other sectors as well.

Leggi anche

Nel settore dei compositi, i clienti richiedono macchine che progrediscano con lo sviluppo dei materiali e stiano al passo con la tecnologia software garantendo anche bassi consumi, sostenibilità e sicurezza. FKgroup sembra aver affrontato tutte le condizioni con il suo sistema di taglio automatizzato di punta: Tecno Freccia è il risultato di uno sforzo tecnologico di decenni….

Leggi tutto…

After more than three years of international research, the ECOXY project finally comes to an end. The European project, involving twelve partners from eight different countries, has achieved its goal by finishing the query and development of new thermoset and sustainable materials, made of a plant origin resin and reinforcements of either linen fiber or biobased PLA….

Leggi tutto…

Speedkore’s 1970 Dodge Charger Hellraiser is the latest creation of the company and it presents a lightweight house-made aerospace-grade, pre-impregnated carbon fiber body. The team of engineers and producers aimed to reduce weight and increase its power at the same time. …

Leggi tutto…

Assocompositi joined the Lombardy Mobility Cluster (CLM), one of the nine Technology Clusters certified by Regione Lombardia. Assocompositi will take part in the strategic Work Tables for the composite sector and it will involve the members in all the initiatives that will be announced in the reserved area of the official site and through the membership mailing list….

Leggi tutto…

Archer and Fiat Chrysler announced the agreement for the production of electric aircraft. This partnership will probably allow the start-up to low purchasing costs and to accelerate the launch of an electric flying car….

Leggi tutto…