The path for Electric Vehicles' weight reduction and a zero-emissions future mobility

January 26th | 9.15h - 13.00h CET, Online

The Fatigue4Light project, coordinated by CIMNE, is organising its final conference The path for Electric Vehicles’ weight reduction and a zero-emissions future mobility”.

The project has developed new tests and computer simulation methods to better estimate the fatigue life of chassis components and to select the optimal materials for lighter vehicle chassis. The consortium has applied new materials tailored to the requirements of vehicle chassis, such as advanced high-strength steels, special automotive stainless steels, high-strength aluminium alloys and hybrid metal-fibre reinforced polymeric materials. All the research and solutions promoted by Fatigue4Light aimed at reducing vehicle chassis weight compared to the current solutions, always taking into account eco-design and circular economy aspects. 

During the final conference, project researchers will present the most representative innovations, developments and results achieved within the project applicable in the automotive industry. The event will include a round table with representatives of Fatigue4Light consortium, which will present the project’s demonstrators and discuss about future perspectives for lightweight and AHSS materials and components applied to the automotive sector.

26th of January

9.15AM – 13.00AM CET

Online

Conference materials
OPENING PLENARY: Welcome, keynote and Fatigue4Light project overview
TECHNICAL SESSION: Experimental, numerical and eco-design approaches for a sustainable automotive industry
ROUND TABLE: Future perspectives for lightweight and AHSS materials and components applied to the automotive sector
Conference topics
  • New tests and computer simulation methodologies for Electric Vehicles chassis weight reduction. 
  • Lightweight materials deployment in Electric Vehicles’ chassis parts. 
  • New approaches for fatigue evaluation.
  • Fatigue modelling and fast testing methodologies to boost lightweight materials deployment in chassis parts.
  • Long-life and eco-design solutions for Electric Vehicles deployment. 
  • The need for a more sustainable and zero-emissions future mobility.
  • Current and future challenges and trends for lightweight and AHSS materials applied to the mobility and automotive industry. 
Targeted to
  • Small, medium and large companies in the steel sector and automotive industry.
  • Researchers in numerical simulation, characterisation, fatigue and fracture, materials recyclability, etc.
  • Raw materials providers, components fabricants. 
  • Policy makers involved in European policies on raw materials, numerical and computer simulation, steel materials and automotive sector.
  • Specialised journalists from European outlets reporting on materials, numerical simulation, AHSS, automotive innovations, etc.
  • General public with interest in improving the future mobility. 
 

Event agenda

9.15 – 10.15 CET | OPENING PLENARY: Welcome, keynote and Fatigue4Light overview

9.15hWelcome and introduction to Fatigue4Light final conference

Daniel Casellas, Scientific Director, Eurecat

Lucia Barbu, Fatigue4Light Coordinator and Head of Fatigue UnitCIMNE

9.30hKeynote session “Fatigue and sustainability of electrified heavy duty vehicles”Henrik Sieurin, Expert Egineer, Scania CV AB
10.00hFatigue4Light results overviewLucia Barbu, Fatigue4Light Coordinator and Assistant ProfessorCIMNE

10.15 – 10.25 CET | COFFEE BREAK 

10.25 – 11.40 CET | TECHNICAL SESSION: Experimental, numerical and eco-design approaches for a sustainable automotive industry

Chair: Lucia Barbu, Fatigue4Light Coordinator and Assistant ProfessorCIMNE
10.25h Rapid fatigue testing methodologies for lightweight design of chassis componentsSergi Parareda, Researcher at the Metallic and Ceramic Materials Unit, Eurecat
10.40h Fatigue numerical simulation of chassis componentsSergio Jiménez, Fatigue4Light project’s coordinator and Associate Lecturer, CIMNE
10.55hFatigue issues of formed high-strength chassis partsErik Olsson, Associate Professor, Luleå University of Technology
11.10hEco-design Methodologies for Reducing Weight in Electric Vehicles and Minimizing Environmental Impact

Violeta Vargas, advanced researcher on Environmental Impact, Eurecat

Magdalena Juntikka, senior researcher and project manager, RISE

11.25hQuestions & AnswersAll speakers involved 

11.40 – 11.45 CET | BREAK 

11.45 – 12.55 CET | ROUND TABLE: Future perspectives for lightweight and AHSS materials and components applied to the automotive sector

Chair: Daniel Casellas, Scientific Director, Eurecat

Participants:

Michele Maria Tedesco, Global manager for Metals and Anticorrosion, Stellantis CRF

Giorgio Gallio, Research and Innovation ManagerMW (CLN Group)

Rémi Munier, Research Engineer, ArcelorMittal

Gustaf Gustaffson, Research Engineer, Gestamp Hardtech

Erik Marklund, Senior Researcher, RISE

12.55 – 13.00 CET | FINAL CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSURE

Daniel Casellas, Scientific Director, Eurecat
Lucia Barbu, Fatigue4Light coordinator and Head of Fatigue Unit, CIMNE
About Fatigue4Light

Fatigue4Light is an EU-funded H2020 project aimed at developing new tests and computer simulation methods to better estimate the fatigue life of chassis components and to select the optimal materials for lighter vehicle chassis. The project applies new materials tailored to the requirements of vehicle chassis, such as advanced high-strength steels, special automotive stainless steels, high-strength aluminium alloys and hybrid metal-fibre reinforced polymeric materials.

Started in February 2021 and lasting three years, the project has developed innovative methodologies and solutions with the objective of reduce vehicle chassis weight compared to the current solutions, always taking into account eco-design and circular economy aspects.