Research projects

  • ALUWELD : Innovative welding of aluminium alloys – Hybrid Laser Welding and Friction Stir Welding

    The aim of this project, which is also known as the “ALUWELD”-project, is to build up base knowledge about two innovative and promising welding processes: Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Hybrid Laser Welding (HLW).

    Start: 01-01-2004
    End: 01-01-2006
  • ARCLASER: Hybrid laser welding

    The goal of ARCLASER is to provide information about HLW, applied to various metals used in production of the companies involved, both on qualitative level (welding quality, weld characterisation) and quantitative level (productivity, production costs), through the development of demonstration workpieces.

    Start: 07-01-2009
    End: 31-12-2011
  • INNOJOIN: Development and evaluation of advanced welding technologies for multi-material design with dissimilar sheet metals

    The INNOJOIN project provides insight in new modern welding technologies for welding of dissimilar sheet metals and helps companies to identify the most suitable welding technology for their products. During the project, a few representative cases were developed, based on the input of the participating companies.

    Start: 01-03-2014
    End: 30-06-2016
  • LightBEE : Development of Lightweight Battery Carriers for EV Energy Units

    The overall aim of the research project “LightBEE” is to develop a range of new high added-value battery components for the transport industry, using innovative joining technologies. Therefore, systematic and reliable knowledge and data will be generated about the applicability of promising joining processes for manufacturing of battery modules, carriers and sub-components. The optimised battery components should be lighter, having better safety properties, and produced more cost-effectively and more environmentally-friendly.

    Start: 01-05-2020
    End: 30-11-2022
  • Steel S4EV: Steel solutions for Safe and Smart Structures of Electric Vehicles

    STEEL S4 EV aims at putting high strength steels at the forefront of a new trend in electric vehicles: light vehicles with three or four wheels that comply with crash regulation and with more restrictive Euro NCAP demands. Weld joint design and welding methodologies research to maintain the material properties in the weld area, assuring robustness and long term durability. Cost-effective low-investment manufacturing will be achieved by a modular and flexible structural design: a complex 3D skeleton frame of welded tubes, bent with high accuracy using programmed laser cuts will enable the production of different vehicles sharing the same tooling.

    Start: 01-09-2018
    End: 01-09-2021