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Lightweight hybrid composites for mobility

The European Commission presented a “Sustainable and Intelligent Mobility Strategy” along with an Action Plan. This strategy seeks to transform transport and make it more resilient to future crises. It outlines the outcome of a 90% cut in emissions by 2050 delivered by a smart, competitive, safe, accessible and affordable transport system. The uptake of lightweight materials is becoming increasingly common as transport vehicle manufacturers strive to reduce vehicle weight in order to improve performance, lower fuel and oil consumption and reduce emissions.

GAIKER is researching new materials to meet these new requirements. More specifically, we are involved in several European projects in which we study the introduction of new fuels, such as H2 and the design of new materials (such as FMLs) for various applications, such as the battery box of the electric car, taking into account mechanical and reaction to fire requirements duly tested by our accredited laboratories.



El principal objetivo de este proyecto es desarrollar una nueva generación de retardantes de llama de base biológica, seguros y sostenibles, que sustituyan las alternativas tóxicas actuales por otras sostenibles de alto rendimiento, al tiempo que se pone a prueba la aplicación del marco de SSbD (diseño seguro y sostenible) y se ofrecen directrices y recomendaciones para su mejora basadas en la experiencia industrial práctica.


The aim of this project is to develop lightweight materials based on aluminium and composite fibre metal laminates (FMLs), in order to meet demanding reaction to fire standards, by developing flame retardant prepregs.


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The C2CC project is carrying out research into cleavable composite materials based on new basalt-derived mineral fibres associated with innovative biomass-derived thermosetting resins. These composite materials were chemically ‘decomposed’ to recover thermoplastic resins and fibres. The C2CC project demonstrates the technical viability of this concept on real automotive components and the fulfilment of the expectations of the automotive industry and production facilities.

  This project received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, as part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and development programme under contract number 1805.