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, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 18–23 | Cite as

Production Cell for Fully Automated Joining of Hybrid Components

  • Stefan Weidmann
  • Vitalij Popow
  • Johannes Eckstaedt
  • Christoph Engelmann
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The consortium of the FlexHyJoin project has developed a production cell for the fully automated induction and laser joining of thermoplastic fiber composites and metal structures. It is suitable for the production of hybrid components in large automotive series, as demonstrated by the results of the project consortium.

FRP in Metallic Vehicle Structures

Only few products do not require joining during component manufacture or assembly. Thus, joining has a high economic impact. However, societal trends and in particular current political requirements demand that all industry branches design climate-neutral products and introduce them onto the market, especially in the automotive industry. For example, the trend of electrifying vehicles implies that they have to be built lighter and lighter in order to be able to achieve the required distances. In response, companies must use new materials and design approaches. Thermoplastic Fiber-reinforced Polymer (TP-FRP) composites are particularly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Weidmann
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  • Vitalij Popow
  • Johannes Eckstaedt
  • Christoph Engelmann
  1. 1.Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH KaiserslauternGermany

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