The C2CC Project
CO2 emissions regulation force car manufacturers to aim at significant weight reduction, which seems possible only through extent substitution of metals with Polymer Composite Materials (PMC).
Currently, PMC are only used for luxury cars due to high costs, and cannot be considered fully environmentally friendly, due to wastes associated to these production (up to 30% by weight of prepreg is wasted) and non-recyclability.
C2CC project will focus on these drawbacks, employing recyclable fibers together with recyclable and biobased polymers.
C2CC project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of these solutions on real automotive components, which will be produced employing current industrial facilities (prepreg lamination+autoclave processing).
Moreover C2CC will assess environmental benefits of the new solution (which are expected in term of lower embodied energy and C-emissions) through LCSA analysis.
An automotive supplier, together with CRF (FCA research center) will engineer and produce these components. Qualification will be performed to demonstrate compliance with automotive industry expectations.