FLAC: Functional Lattices for Automotive Components
- Category Design for AMMetal Powder Bed FusionSoftware Development
- Flattpack software
- MSC Marc
- Renishaw 250
Vehicle efficiency, regardless of the powertrain type, can be increased through several strategies, including reducing weight, aerodynamic drag, reduction in rolling resistance and powertrain efficiency. Out of all, weight reduction is considered to have the greatest potential to increase vehicle efficiency and thus to reduce the CO2 emissions. The objective of the FLAC project is to progressively develop and demonstrate a portfolio of lightweight automotive components with increased efficiency and functionality utilising an integrated SLM design methodology, Triply Periodic Minimal Surface (TPMS) lattices, new aluminium alloys for SLM and demonstrate the viability of selective laser melting as a manufacturing route.
Added Scientific’s role in this project is to create new software tools that can be used to generate triply periodic minimal surface lattices (TPMS). This novel class of lattices offers very high surface area to weight ratio, enabling a range of benefits. Not only can they be used to reduce the weight of components, they can also be used in heat transfer or fluid mixing applications.
Building on the FLattPack software developed by the University of Nottingham, these powerful algorithms will provide engineers with the tools needed to integrate these computationally challenging lattices into components.
“Our customers have found applications for TPMS lattice structures far beyond creating lightweight components. Added Scientific’s world-leading expertise in this area allows them to integrate these lattices into their products.”