Light-join: Joining technologies to enable implementation of lightweight structures in automotive

Lead Participant: Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Abstract

The automotive industry faces major challenges to meet targets for emissions, efficiency, performance and cost; light weighting of parts using composites enables all of these to be addressed, except for cost. A key driver of cost of composites is the limited ability & capacity in the joining technology available. In project Light-Join, 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). Critically this approach will have industry wide applicability, allowing a lower risk introduction of lightweight composite components to the mass market.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Jaguar Land Rover Limited, COVENTRY £212,204 £ 106,102
 

Participant

Granta Design Limited, Cambridge £226,317 £ 114,790
Scott Bader Company Limited, WELLINGBOROUGH £45,056 £ 22,528
University of Warwick, United Kingdom £252,954 £ 252,954
Far UK Ltd £719,381 £ 503,567
Stadco Limited, TELFORD £25,605 £ 12,803
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited, Sunderland, United Kingdom £90,495 £ 45,248
Autotech Engineering R&d UK Limited, NEWTON AYCLIFFE £321,585 £ 160,790
The Welding Institute £451,773 £ 451,773

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