ATLAS aims to accelerate the transformation of Australia's automotive industry through new research capabilities in lightweight automotive structures design and manufacture.
Administered through RMIT University, ATLAS brings together Deakin University, the Australian National University, lead industry partner the Ford Motor Company and a further 12 local and international partner organisations including the CSIRO to address the challenges in lightweighting.
ATLAS will deliver industry relevant research training to early career researchers at the post-doctoral, post-graduate and undergraduate levels who benefit from both academic and industry mentors. An integrated program of research projects aims to deliver critical knowledge and innovative lightweighting technologies to underpin new high-value products for global markets.
Building on our strong collaborations between industry and university partners ATLAS will train urgently needed commercially focused researchers specialising in lightweight multi-material structures obtained through advanced, agile and digital manufacturing technologies.
ATLAS comprises an integrated research program encompassing four themes as outlined below:
Research underpinning the development and efficient processing of high-performance lightweight materials like carbon-fibre composites and highly formable metal alloys for the manufacture of next generation lightweight components and assemblies by Australia manufacturers.
Advancement of agile and digital manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, flexible roll forming technologies and multi-material joining techniques to enable local manufacturers to efficiently produce high value products for local and international markets.
Design and demonstration of smart integrated multi-material structures such as those with gradient physical properties for controlled crush or imbedded functional features like the capacity to store electrical energy for future mobility solutions.
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