Composites Collaborations

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Composites Innovation CentreComposites Innovation Cluster

Type: Industry Group


Granta participates in the Composites Innovation Cluster, which aims to develop the UK Composites Supply Chain as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). It brings together academics, suppliers, technology providers, and the National Composites Centre, supporting projects such as DATACOMP (below).


Type: Active Collaborative Project

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Type: Active Collaborative Project

Partners: Jaguar Land Rover, Far-UK, Stadco, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, Scott Bader Company, Autotech Engineering R&D UK, Granta Design, TWI, University of Warwick - WMG

The automotive industry faces major challenges to meet targets for emissions, efficiency, performance and cost. Llightweighting of parts using composites enables all of these to be addressed, except for cost. A key driver of the cost of composites is the limited ability and capacity in the joining technology available. In project Light-Join, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Nissan and their Tier 1 suppliers aim to develop a number of solutions that will enable cost effective integration of high-performance composite components into volume car production. Light-Join aims to enable replacement of specific metal vehicle components with composites, specifically focussed on developing rapid joining solutions, raising the manufacturing maturity to produce a small scale demonstrator component (MRL5) and assessing the potential for scale-up to MRL9A. This project will develop a solution leading to 30% weight reduction for all-aluminium construction (for JLR) and 60% compared to an all-steel construction (for Nissan). This approach will have industry-wide applicability, allowing a lower risk introduction of lightweight composite components to the mass market. Granta is providing an enterprise-level materials information database to support the selection of joining methods, along with full traceability from initial trials through to material card generation.

Composites Innovation CentreLightweighting Excellence Programme (LX)

Type: Active Collaborative Project


Partners: Sigmatex, Axillium Research, Caparo Advanced Composites, Cranfield University, Engenuity, Expert Tooling & Automation, Granta Design, Group Rhodes, LMAT, Surface Generation, Tilsatec

The LX consortium will enhance capability within the UK automotive supply chain to manufacture composite components in medium to high volumes, at affordable costs, by connecting the key functions of material supply, design and manufacturing. OEMs are now working on weight reduction to ensure compliance with stricter emissions standards. However, as the amount of technology demanded in today’s passenger vehicles increases, so does the overall weight. Composite materials allow OEMs to counteract this effect through lightweighting and part consolidation, while maintaining structural integrity. Many UK-based automotive OEMs have expressed interest to source a higher percentage of their composite components from within the UK. The LX Programme, funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) programme, addresses these desires by consolidating all elements of the supply chain to produce demonstrator components to showcase UK capability. Three OEMs are working with the partners on the following ‘use cases’: Bentley Motors (door inner structure), Emerald Automotive (exterior body panels), and Nissan (structural component). By the conclusion of the LX Programme in 2017, the consortium will have established the design capability and processes required to produce structural, semi-structural and Class A surface finished components in significant volumes. Granta is supporting the consortium by facilitating knowledge management with materials information management in GRANTA MI and decision-making tools for material and process selection.

Composites Innovation CentreUK-DATACOMP

Type: Completed Collaborative Project


Partners: Altair, Axon Automotive, Cytec Industrial Materials, Granta Design, Imperial College, NCCEF, Sigmatex

OEMs have invested significantly in shortening their product development processes over the last two decades & virtual prototyping through Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) has been their key enabler. Confidence in using CAE to develop predominantly metallic structures to achieve target performance is high, achieving significant time reductions & cost savings by removing the heavy reliance on physical prototype testing. As products are increasingly developed using composite materials, significant investment is required in order to provide reliable predictive CAE results to meet the equivalent timing & costs as those required to develop a metallic structure. The vision of UK-DATACOMP was to establish a material database to facilitate the use of established virtual prototyping methodologies for composite product development. The database also facilitated validation & quality assurance of composite materials used within the UK supply chain. Granta provided centralized materials information management for the project, capturing high quality, pedigree assured composites data and enabling use of this data for FEA analysis.