LIGHT - Light and Efficient Solutions Program

Program manager: Tapani Halme, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Schedule: 2009-2014
Size: ca. 20 M€

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Light and efficient solutions program (LIGHT) is part of FIMECC’s main theme Breakthrough Materials. The program provides potential for saving raw materials and energy and decreasing CO2 emissions over the lifetime of cars and trucks, heavy duty vehicles and other moving equipment and machinery. Increased performance is an additional benefit, for example, in lifting and transport equipment. Novel high-performance ultra high strength steels and stainless steels in combination with low-density materials provide the means to reach substantial weight savings. These new materials require innovative design and manufacturing technologies to provide optimum design solutions.

The program develops breakthrough materials as well as design solutions in industrial applications which use these novel materials. The program participants include 10 companies in the metals and engineering industry, their supplier and customer companies as well as 4 high-level research groups in the field. International activities include both research cooperation with foreign universities and partner companies.

The program consists of five main research themes:

P1. Production and properties of breakthrough materials
The project develops new ultra high strength steels which necessitates substantial improvement in understanding of strengthening mechanisms and microstructure / property relationships of these materials as well as development of new innovative processing routes

P2. Novel manufacturing technologies
The objective of the project is to study joining processes for ultra high strength steels, hybrid structures and dissimilar materials as well as novel processing technologies for manufacturing of hybrids and other layered or sandwich materials, light and efficient structures and products

P3. Innovative design solutions
The project helps to ensure that the new materials can be successfully fabricated into useful structures. Design data and guidelines will be provided for engineers. An important point is to influence national and international classification societies and agencies responsible for developing design guidance documents

P4. Environmental footprint
The objective is to include the energy consumption and GHG emissions during usage and end of life costs to the design process of light-weight structures. The economic and environmental competitiveness of lightweight and efficient solutions increase dramatically when these influences are included.

P5. Low Density materials
The project focuses in the development of new composite, low density and hybrid materials. The current challenges include the high cost and recyclability of these materials as well as assembly, repair technologies, joining and other manufacturing processes  The objective  is to obtain a deep understanding of processing, performance and design options of lightweight structures made of low density material systems.

The vision of the program is to enable Finnish industries to gain a leading international position in the development of a future generation of advanced materials, structures, and systems which will have reduced weight, increased performance, improved energy efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint.









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