Research projects

  • 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
  • WAALU : 3D WAAM printing of high-strength aluminium alloys

    Optimisation of the Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process and improvement of the static and fatigue properties 

    Start: 01-10-2021
    End: 30-09-2025
  • WRIST: Innovative Welding Processes for New Rail Infrastructures

    WRIST will develop and demonstrate two flexible and cost-effective joining processes for rails, that will address the key degradation mechanisms experienced by welds in current rail infrastructure. The new processes also recognise the move of the industry toward higher speeds and axle loads and the need to increase capacity. 

    Start: 01-05-2015
    End: 30-04-2016