Demonstrating Industrial Relevance
To ensure that REFORM produces relevant results, the end-users in REFORM will each specify a case-study part. This will focus the project work on real industrial problems and ensure that the developments are practical.
The case-studies, drawn from the automotive, civil engineering and marine sectors, were finalised in December 2012 and the research partners are now involved in determining greener methods of manufacture which will not be detrimental to part cost and quality.
Civil Engineering demonstrators - ACCIONA
The introduction of composite materials in the civil engineering market is relatively new. To be able to compete with traditional materials such as steel and concrete, composite components require processes and technologies which are especially adapted to their particular requirements. For this reason ACCIONA is focussing developments on two civil engineering demonstrators, a facade-cladding demonstrator and a preslab demonstrator.
Marine demonstrator- AZIMUT|BENETTI
Azimut are working with REFORM partners on non-structural yacht components. They are investigating methods of nesting and draping plys as well as looking at the greener REFORM technolgies to see how they can be used in their factories. They also have a strong interest in dismantling and recycling composite parts.
Automotive demonstrators - DIGRO, Formtech and TEKS
The three automotive end-users in the consortium want to replace metal parts with composites. Formtech is also working with DIGRO to see whether material from Formtech's component can be used as part of DIGRO's demonstrator. TEKS wants to develop new ways of making the wing and spoiler from composites, with a particular focus on using recycled material.