MULTHEM, an acronym for ‘Multi-material Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight and Thermal Management,’ was launched on 1 December 2022 with a kick-off meeting taking place in Sittard and Geleen in The Netherlands. This project spans across three years and is supported by the Horizon Europe Research & Innovation program grant totalling €4,071,977.00. The consortium of nine partners come from eight countries, including the Coordinator, Technology Centre of Metal-mechanical and Transport (Spain), alongside with Solmatek Solutions Sl (Spain), Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK (Germany), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg), Brightlands Materials Centre - TNO (The Netherlands), Eirecomposites Teoranta (Ireland), Prima Additive (Italy), Thales (France), and Brunel University London (United Kingdom).
The 26th Climate Change Conference has emphasized the need to curb global carbon dioxide emissions and mitigate the impacts of global warming. Notably, the transport sector contributes approximately 16% of the global carbon emissions, highlighting the pivotal role of fleet electrification in the journey towards climate neutrality. However, the main challenges are the current weight of components and the cost of implementing new systems that ensure efficiency and long-term sustainability. Carbon fibre composites (CFC) is seen as an attractive alternative to metals in products requiring lightweight features. However, traditional manufacturing processes and poor thermal conductivity have confined CFCs to structural roles, limiting their potential. For instance, battery casings, electrical motors, and power electronics housings are often crafted entirely from aluminium due to their need for efficient heat dissipation. However, this approach results in heavier and less cost-effective solutions compared to pure CFCs.
MULTHEM aims to develop a reliable and validated Additively Manufactured (AM) CFC process with enhanced thermal conductivity through different material combinations and nanotechnology integration. This innovation enables the creation of dual-function components, such as battery and motor housings, offering structural strength and efficient cooling at a more cost-effective rate than traditional methods. This approach will enhance the product performance by reducing weight, facilitated by designs achievable only through AM, and by using CFC-metal structures with enhanced thermal conductivity strategies, which are lighter and stronger than aluminium or steel. This effort reflects our collective recognition of the need for transformative technologies and production methods to develop lighter, more efficient, and cost-effective solutions to achieve climate neutrality.
Have you been following us? Or wanting to hear more about the MULTHEM project and our approach to develop new metal-polymer multimaterials with the use of Additive Manufacturing to produce lightweight components with good thermal conductivity? Here's an opportunity to join our Public Info Day, taking place online, on Thursday 22 June 2023, from 10:00-11:30am CET. Sign up on Eventbrite at: https://lnkd.in/ekesjhaG
MULTHEM Partners delivered five presentations at the recent LIGHTME Conference on Lightweight Materials, held from 11-12 May 2023 in Milan, Italy. Joamin Gonzalez-Gutierrez found that adding short carbon fibre to thermoplastics has the potential to improve the thermal conductivity of 3D printed specimens, but care needs to be taken when selecting the Material Extrusion print parameters. The relative thermal conductivity is the measured thermal conductivity value for the Material Extrusion specimens filled with carbon fibre, divided by the thermal conductivity of the unfilled polymer. Presentations include: MULTHEM Project Multi-material additive manufacturing for lightweight and thermal management (Dr. Marta Álvarez Leal); Thermoplastic selection for aluminium replacement in electric and electronic devices made by additive manufacturing (Dr. Joamin Gonzalez-Gutierrez); Development and processing of the Al 5356 aluminium alloy by Laser Metal Deposition wire-based technology (Dr. Julia Ureña Alcázar); Feasibility study of joining of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composites and aluminium alloys by electron beam welding for use in lightweight construction (Aybike Yalçınyüz); Repair of impacted thermoplastic composite laminates using induction welding (Dr. Vedant Modi).
MULTHEM Consortium members gathered on 10th May 2023 for the General Assembly Meeting, held in Torino, Italy,
graciously hosted by Prima Additive. Consortium members gave each other a formal update of work in progress,
followed by a most impressive tour of the facilities at Prima Additive. Each partner presented their work
packages, discussed ongoing work as well as actions to be taken.
Our consortium partners for the Horizon Europe project MULTHEM participated in the kick-off meeting at Sittard
and Geleen in The
Netherlands. The meeting was hosted by Brightlands Materials Center over two days on 12 and 13 January 2023.
MULTHEM aims to develop
polymer-Metal-based materials and lightweight structures with good thermal management using Additive
Manufacturing (AM) and innovative
joining technologies to achieve complex freeform geometries. The kick-off meeting was a great start to our 3
year project! Thanks to
all our nine partners:
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