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Work Packages in the ISF-Light Project

The work packages are structured around the above identified industrial challenges at SMEs for take-up of ISF. Industrial cases representative for applications in the target groups guide the developments and technology transfer. The figure below provides an overview of the work packages.


Fig. 1 Overview about the work packages and their links between them

WP0: Project management and interaction with the user committee

Work package 0 provides for a professional project management between all partners, the interaction with the user group and the elaboration/execution of the dissemination and valorisation strategy.

WP1: Selection of cases: from product to ISF requirements

Work package 1 will select generic industrial reference cases in coordination with the user committee that are representative for the industrial needs from the target groups. From these representative cases the requirements for the ISF process will be derived that will guide the developments in WP2, 3 and 4.

WP2: Simulation of heat Supported Incremental Sheet Metal Forming

Work package 2 develops simulation models for the incremental forming processes with localized and global heat support. The knowledge and insight provided by simulation will allow to evolve from the current trial and error based experimental development approach towards a structured approach for the optimization of the heat-supported processes. A close interaction between WP2 and WP3 will provide feedback, especially concerning the simulation data, and will speed up the development of processes. At project end simulation should enable the application labs to shorten the lead time for the ISF-processing of new difficult to form materials.

WP3: Development of heat supported ISF processes for high strength and difficult to form materials

Work package 3 develops and optimizes two complementary localized and global heat supported ISF processes for high-strength and difficult to form materials. After extensive knowledge has been gained about heating possibilities, concepts will be created and/or optimized. Finally the comparison of the different concepts concerning different criteria (quality, time, etc.) will be made with the aim to define the most promising heating concept for different applications. WP1 will identify the material groups that hold the biggest valorisation opportunity within the target groups and on which the developments will be based.

WP4: Integration with other sheet metal processes

Work package 4 investigates the integration of ISF-processes with other sheet metal processes (e.g. bending and deep drawing) and develops tooling and peripheral concepts that lead to more flexible and SME-oriented ISF-cells. This work package runs parallel with the work packages 2 and 3 and helps to make statements about the interaction between the different processes and to predict the manufacturability.

WP5: Set-up of ISF Application Labs

Work package 5 transfers developments to complementary application labs that will be setup in Flanders and Germany. The timing of the project foresees in a step-wise set-up of the application labs. The timing assures an early transfer of development results. This will enable validation and demonstration of the ISF capabilities in close collaboration with the user committee in work package 6.

WP6: Validation based on generic reference cases @ application lab

Work package 6 validates the developments and the potential of ISF within the application labs in close collaboration with members of the user committee. Reference cases for the different challenges will be developed, gradually increasing the level of complexity. Feedback from performing the reference cases will guide further developments in work package 2 to 4.


Fig. 2 Overview about the timing of the work packages and their links between them