VDL Fibertech Industries participates in OASIS as an End-user in the automotive industry providing its expertise and capabilities to develop multifunctional composite components for high-tech, structural and lightweight applications with the use of Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) technology. The partnership between VDL and OASIS service providers consists in the implementation of nano-enabled technologies in one final product. The challenge is to have all hardware (sensors/actuators/wiring) integrated without affecting other materials or parameters in terms of permeability, strength or surface quality. In parallel, with the addition of nano-enabled veil and particles, the strength after impact and fire-retardancy is improved. This leads in the end to a decrease in weight and therefore, this solution is perfect for the electrification of the automotive sector.
For VDL, the OASIS project added value, because it speeds up the process to implement nano-technologies which are relatively new for production companies within the composite sector, because these technologies are not yet commercially available and are thus unknown. Within OASIS, VDL had the possibility to test and do research before starting production, which helped de-risking the product and make the production environment safe.
You can read more about the results of this Showcase here – Showcase#3 App note.