Our Vision

The vision of MULTHEM is to develop a reliable and validated Additively Manufactured (AM) CFC process with enhanced thermal conductivity with different material combinations and nanotechnology. This innovative approach will allow the development of components, such as battery and motor housings with dual functionality comprising structural and cooling features and with a more cost-effective approach than traditional methods. This solution will enhance the product performance, first by the weight reduction achieved by designs that only AM enables, and second, by using CFC-metal structures with enhanced thermal conductivity strategies, lighter and stronger than aluminium or steel.

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The Consortium and Work Packages

The consortium has well-balanced skill sets from 7 different member states (Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and France) and 1 associated country (UK) with a balanced geographical distribution across Europe, and RTO, HEI, SME and IND being represented in MULTHEM. The consortium embodies the best state-of-the-art knowledge about multi-materials, joining technologies, design, and AM for the MULTHEM project. The project is divided into 8 Work-Packages (WP), each with its own tasks, deliverables and associated milestones. The project management and coordination activities are centred in WP1. The materials selection, AM production technologies, simulation and modelling of AM processes as well as the production and characterization of test coupons for proving multi-functionality are focused on “Material & Production Technologies” in WP2. Adaptation and joining of multi-materials and structures, simulation and modelling studies of the joining processes as well as the manufacturing and characterization of test coupons by applying different joining technologies is the core of “Joining Technologies” in WP3. Sustainability aspects of the technical solutions of the project will be studied in “LCA, Disassembly & Recyclability” in WP4. Certification requirements, standardization and regulatory aspects with the exploitation plan for MULTHEM for commercialisation are analysed in “Certification, Standardization, Regulatory and Exploitation” in WP5. The design optimisation and performance maximization using the new multi-material approach applied to use cases is centred in “Use cases design” in WP6. The manufacturing and testing activities required to validate the improved characteristics of the innovative multi-material approach is centred in “Use cases validation” in WP7. Finally, the communication, dissemination, training and connection to Horizon Europe and HE ecosystem are the core of “Dissemination, Communication & Training” in WP8.

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