Challenge 3

Challenge purpose: Design and development of a bench frame for the second row of seating in a Light Commercial Vehicle in composite material to replace the existing metal bench frame construction.

About the challenge:

Challenge summary

Design and development of a bench frame for the second row of seating in a Light Commercial Vehicle in composite material to replace the existing metal bench frame construction.

Main section of application:

  • Automotive

Main cross-cutting topics:

  • Design & smart functions

  • Manufacturing & assembly

Scope of the challenge

  • Creating a lightweight construction with a weight reduction of min. 30%

  • Development of a bench frame construction while taking into account the automotive safety requirements such as: ECE R14, ECE R17 and ECE R145.

  • Gain more knowledge in construction with alternative materials, similar

  • performance.


What is the existing situation?

  • Metal bench frame construction of 45 kg

  • Bench construction is a supporting construction and has multiple safety requirements for the automotive industry: ECE R14, ECE R17 and ECE R145

Challenge objectives

Teamwork effort on creating:​

  • Lightweight solution (reduction of min. 30%)

  • Price level around the same or lower than existing, information at a later stage.

  • A positive outcome of safety tests and FEM analysis.

If you require further information about this challenge please contact application@rightweight.eu

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