ALIVE project final days
04/12/2017 by cidaut
The Aachen Body Engineering Days (ABED), which took place on the 20-21st of September in the facilities of the ALIVE partner IKA, at the RWTH Aaachen University, became the platform to present the final results of ALIVE and ENLIGHT, being the flagship R&D projects funded by the EC in the domain of vehicle lightweighting. A workshop on the 22nd of September and a booth with the demonstrators was dedicated to the SEAM cluster projects. ALIVE demonstrators were showcased in this event, which was a success, counting on the presence of more than 100 attendees during the conferences who generated interesting debates related to project results. Different dissemination audiences targeted in the project also did attend and contribute to the event, including policymakers (European Commission Project Officer Mr. Maurizio Maggiore) and external industrial and research peers form the wider lightweight community. The final plenary session was also wrapped up with specific guidelines and recommendations towards future policy making and follow-up R&D initiatives in the field.
During this project CIDAUT has developed an innovative magnesium casting methodology, its control an application to automotive components, which was demonstrated in this project by prototyping a component on the roof (roof node). Magnesium is currently the focus of the Remaghic project were the high pressure die casting is featured as the manufacturing process, and recycling of magnesium and rare earths, and alloying both recycled sources to form a better and cost effective alloy is being carried out. After the ALIVE experience, we will be looking forward to new collaborations opportunities to increase magnesium utilization in the industry.