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FLAMINGo project kicked-off on 18th of February 2021. FLAMINGo partners across 8 European countries presented their WPs and Tasks within the Project for the 4 years duration of the project as well as the project’s objectives. The FLAMINGo will propose a novel industrial manufacturing route for the efficient production of high performance lightweight Aluminum composite materials thanks to a novel metallurgical and forming combined approach for making automotive parts. The goals of FLAMINGo will be related to the manufacturing of a strengthened Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites Al-MMC with elevated properties (+200% strength and +30% stiffness) compared to current Al alloys used in automotive. FLAMINGo will provide engineering solutions to substitute steel components in BEV automotive parts and achieve a substantial reduction of weight (up to 20%). To reach these goals the project will target the following development steps at prototype and full scale: The production of nanoparticles concentrated masterbatches of Al-MMC, via solid state mechanical alloying, to assure a complete dispersion of the nanoparticles in the Al metal before inoculation in the melt, Casting of Al-MMC components by inoculating the masterbatch in an Al melt, and homogenize by ultrasonication and electromagnetic stirring systems , Production of smaller components (brackets and connectors) by Low Pressure Die Casting LPDC and bigger components, like subframes, by Green Sand Casting to demonstrate broader feasibility and applicability of Al-MMC.
Extrusion of cast billets for making profiles for the body frame, Identification of the welding techniques for joining Al-MMC components, and assessment of the application via TIG, GTAW and RSW. Use of these components for substitution of steels and aluminium parts in electric vehicles, validation of components estimated service life and installation on vehicles. Recycling of Al-MMC components supported also by the use of secondary aluminium in the formulation.EXELISIS is participating in WP9 of the project, which is related to Exploitation and Dissemination, as well as the IPR and innovation management activities.
The Project website: http://www.flamingo-project.eu/
This project has received funding for the European Union H2020’s research and innovation program under grant agreement number 101007011.