The VDMA Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies deals with production processes of hybrid lightweight components by using fiber-reinforced composites and metals. In twenty-five technology profiles, members of the working group have summarized the current status of production and joining processes in hybrid lightweight construction.
The VDMA guide gives a quick overview of established processes. Every technology is summarized in a short profile and explained via a schematic diagram with the processes’ basic conditions and parameters as well as their limitations of use. They are supplemented by specifications on possible material combinations, recyclability and application examples. The application potential of every material combination has been evaluated and assigned to suitable production and joining processes.
The aim of multi-material design is to create economic construction components and end products with improved function. The big challenge is to optimally combine different lightweight materials, but also to advance the automation of production processes. This can be achieved either by production-integrated hybridization or by subsequent joining of individual components to a hybrid complete system. The guide emphasizes the potential of hybrid lightweight technologies.
The collection does not claim to be complete, and will be updated when necessary. All users may make comments and additions. Interested companies and research institutes are welcome to join and contribute to the working group.
At the end of the guide, you can find a bibliography as well as the contact details of the authors. Technology providers from mechanical engineering may be researched via the proof of origin section on www.composite-arena.com. Website http://lightweight.vdma.org gives general information about the working group.