CO2 emission is a prime concern in relation to climate change. However the internal combustion engine running on carbon based fuels is expected to be the main propulsion concept for the next 20 years. The prime solution for the foreseeable future is the reduction of fuel consumption. The focus area ’Efficient Vehicle’ targets a 20% increase of the overall efficiency of diesel powered heavy duty vehicles.
The programme ‘Light Constructions’ aims to develop technologies for significant weight reductions in specific areas where, besides fuel reduction, there are additional benefits for other vehicle properties like comfort, vehicle dynamics, safety or noise reduction. The programme will also work on production technology for composites to meet automotive requirements and new areas for plastics to replace metals.
(nominated for the ATC Innnovation Award 2009)
Thin wall compression technology
Innoteq developed a production technology that makes it possible to increase the wall thickness of a sheet metal part during form pressing. Now it is possible to use a optimally thin blank and only increase the wall thickness where needed. Normally the material is stretched during forming, producing uncontrolled or residual strains that reduce quality and lifetime of the product. Innoteq cleverly compresses the material. The results are low weight and very durable high quality products.
In the near future all engines will have a turbo. Improved turbo technology requires turbo hoses to withstand pressures up to 6 bar at high temperatures, more than double what current turbo hoses can delive. Taniq uses state of the art high tensile (Aramid) yarns to reinforce the rubber hose. The yarns are cleverly laid out to take all the load. This makes it possible to create very strong hoses that are still very flexible while the use of rubber can be reduced by 70%.
Projects & programs
HTAS - Lightweight Seatbacks for Cars
HTAS - Ecotrac: The light and silent tire with low rolling resistance
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