Shaping the future for a safer and lighter automotive industry

4th of April 2024 | 8.55 – 13.00 CEST
Luleå University of Technology (Luleå, Sweden) & Online

In today’s rapidly evolving and changing automotive industry, safety and weight reduction have emerged as some of the primary priorities and concerns. At this sense, it becomes increasingly essential to produce lighter, safer and circular crash structures.

Flexcrash is working to tackle these challenges by developing a flexible and hybrid manufacturing technology to produce tailored adaptive crash-tolerant structures made of green aluminium alloys.

This conference of the Flexcrash project dives into cutting-edge approaches and innovative methodologies and explores the latest advancements in lightweight and sustainable materials to be applied in the automotive sector. Join us to discover how can we create a safer, lighter and circular automotive and mobility future.

Target audience

  • Undergraduate, graduate, or master students willing to learn about lightweight materials, advanced models and materials characterisation, crash simulation scenarios, etc.
  • Researchers from universities or research centers.
  • Professionals from companies in the automotive sector.
  • Members of other European projects.


The Flexcrash project is developing a flexible and hybrid manufacturing technology to enhance weight reduction and crash resistance by locally reinforcing the critical areas for a crash event, creating structures that are safer and lighter compared to current solutions. The project selects vehicle parts and applies surface patterns onto performed parts with the objective to reduce weight, increase safety and optimise crash performance of current and future vehicles.

The main ambition of the project is to provide a general improvement of car safety with a reduction of risks and fatalities in crashes, as well as a reduction of COemissions coming from the direct contribution of the lightweighting of car body parts, and from the simplification of the entire supply chain.


8.55h – Welcome and introduction 

Jörgen Kajberg, Professor in Solid Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology

9.00h – Flexcrash project: the new generation of crash-tolerant structures

Simona Neri, Program manager and Flexcrash coordinator, Eurecat

SESSION I – Towards a safer, lighter, and circular crash structures production 

Chaired by: Jörgen Kajberg, Professor in Solid Mechanics, Luleå University of Technology

9.10h – Advanced materials models for crash scenarios

Simon Jonsson, PhD Student, Luleå University of Technology

Daniel Berglund, Research Engineer, Aerobase Innovations

9.25h – Advanced material characterisation to assess crash behaviour and durability of vehicle structures

Sergi Parareda, Researcher at the Metallic and Ceramic Materials Unit, Eurecat

9.40h – LMD optimization and reinforcement structures characterization

Francesco Bruzzo, Researcher in the Direct Energy Deposition and Hybrid Manufacturing group, Fraunhofer IWS

9.55h – Questions & Answers

10.10h – Coffee break

10.40h – Crash simulation: from advanced material models to virtual testing

Christian Kurzböck, Lead Researcher Structural Safety and Lightweight Design, Virtual Vehicle Research

10.55h – Flexcrash demonstrator: an adaptive crash-tolerant structure

Andoni Agirre, Product engineer at R&D BIW department, Gestamp

11.10h – Discovering the Flexcrash platform

Sarita Paudel, Senior Lecturer, IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences

11.25h – Questions & Answers

SESSION II – Exploring other relevant EU-funded projects

Chaired by: Daniel Casellas, Scientific Director, Eurecat

11.40h – SALIENT project: Novel Concepts for safer, lighter, circular and smarter vehicle structures

Vanessa Ventosinos, Researcher, CTAG

11.50h – Crash structures in fibre composite construction for sustainable mobility

Patryk Nossol, Researcher, Fraunhofer IWU

12.05h – SALEMA: New aluminium alloys for a suistanable electric mobility

Manel da Silva, Head of Light Alloys Research Line at the Metallic and Ceramic Materials Unit, Eurecat

12.30h – FLAMINGo project: The life cycle of TiC reinforced Aluminium alloys

Alvise Bianchin, R&D project manager, MBN Nanomaterialia spa

12.40h – A study of the microstructure & mechanical properties of 6xxx series alloys reinforced with ceramic nano-particles

Abdallah Abu Amara, Doctoral Researcher, Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)

12.55h – Questions & Answers

13.05 – Closure

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