Reasons for wanting
lightweight structures

© Fraunhofer IFAM

© Fraunhofer IFAM

Reasons for wanting
lightweight structures –
weight reduction

Reasons for using FRPs
for lightweight structures –
weight reduction

© Fraunhofer IFAM

© Zanardi

Light Truck
Steering Knuckle

Harvester machine
Pivot Spindle

Substitution of conventional Ductile Iron
with ADI grade JS/900-8

Substitution of forged steel
with ADI grade JS/1050-6

Weight saving 20 %

Weight saving 30 %

Production of a net-shape
composite control arm

© SLC lab

Destructive test
methods for FRPs

© Fraunhofer IFAM

© Fraunhofer IFAM

© Zanardi

 

Materials for lightweight design – how to treat them right. LightRight

Lightweight design – one of the last decade’s buzzwords. Economically and environmentally indispensable, lightweight structures have the potential to increase resource efficiency, to reduce costs and to enhance the attractiveness of the product.
These data will be collected in four different countries (Germany, Italy, Spain and Belgium) and then be matched with existing professional training courses in composites, high strength steels and lightweight metals and alloys (i.e. Al and Mg alloys) to fill the existing training gap and offer a new perspective for industry.

 

The project LightRight, funded by EIT Raw Materials, intends to respond to these circumstances by developing effective training modules for professionals (technical staff and managers) which provide them with relevant material knowledge for lightweight design

 

The project’s first step is an awareness workshop in which the challenge of materials for lightweight design is addressed. The workshop is directed at industrial professionals and managers and aims to provide a forum to share experiences about materials for lightweight design and to identify the knowledge needed by professionals for proper material selection.
The appropriate handling of raw materials in lightweight design structures is the key success factor for preserving resources and reducing costs. Unfortunately, practical experience often shows that designing and handling rules for new materials are not being respected. The final workshop program will be available shortly.