MADMAX

Advanced Material Textiles for Complex Lightweight Applications

To facilitate the development of innovative products and processes and introduce them to the European market the EU-funded MADMAX (Advanced material textile for reinforced structures for complex lightweight applications) project worked to establish an EU-wide network of key industrial and research actors for composite materials for the transportation sector. Work began by identifying the industrial needs and technological limits of composites. This was done through interviews with employees in the automotive, aeronautic, railway and marine transport industries. As a result, the MADMAX team was able to determine the major obstacles to composite development for each transport sector. Findings were fed into a vision document in the form of a freely accessible handbook that targets students and composite designers, manufacturers and researchers. It addresses various stages of composite development, including material characterisation, composite manufacture, numerical modelling and structural health monitoring. The handbook proposes a research roadmap to realise future composite technologies. Project partners laid the foundation for an association dedicated to composite materials for transportation. The statutes have been prepared and the pan-European cluster is slated to become operational within a year following project completion. MADMAX outcomes should ensure the development of highly innovative textile processes and high-performing flexible materials with significant improvements in mechanical behaviours and integrated functions. The speedy transfer of research and development results to industry will ultimately lead to the introduction of new advanced textile materials into the European market.

Period : 2013 – 2016

Keywords : Composite materials, MADMAX, material textile, reinforced structures, lightweight applications
Website : MADMAD ClusterMADMAX (European Commission)
Partners : STRATIFORME INDUSTRIES SAS – ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES – TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN – KRINGLAN COMPOSITES AG – TEXCLUBTEC – INDUSTRIEVERBAND GARNE GEWEBE TECHNISCHE TEXTILIEN EV – ESI GROUP – SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA – UP-tex – MIPNET INDUSTRIES – SOLIANI EMC SRL – NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L – FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. – ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS – RAILENIUM

Ensait contact : Damien SOULAT

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