ARN involved in study of Russian automotive industry
Together with the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), Twente University and the RDW, ARN is involved in a project of Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University. The purpose of this project is to develop a lightweight part for an affordable company vehicle that the manufacturer GAZ wants to produce.
After a previous joint effort in 2011, the RDW, ARN and Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Russia) will again be collaborating. Whereas the earlier project focused on exchanging knowledge about car recycling technology and car registration systems, the current project has been set up to develop a new, lightweight car part. In preparation, ARN approached the RDW and the National Aerospace Laboratory, which, in turn, called in the knowledge and expertise of Twente University. The Russian car manufacturer GAZ, which has one of its main plants in Nizhny Novgorod, will eventually use the developed part in a light and affordable company vehicle.
In order to successfully market this new company car, GAZ – Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod – needs the European certificate ‘Complies with EU demands for dangerous materials’. Without this certificate, the company would not be able to export cars to Western Europe. The cars currently manufactured by GAZ do not meet the European environmental guidelines. “For this project, GAZ is working together with the TU of Nizhny Novgorod, who then contacted us. Our collaborative efforts a few years ago were mutually satisfying,” said Pieter Kuiper, senior project manager at ARN.
Fibre reinforced synthetics
“This new project is a study of the possibilities of making parts from fibre reinforced synthetic material instead of metal. To be more specific, the part is for the front of the body,” Kuiper continued. “We consciously chose to work with the NLR, which has extensive knowledge of composites and lightweight materials. This is partly why the NLR acts as the author. ARN will study the recyclability of the new part. The RDW is following this project in order to be able to give a European type approval.”
According to Pieter Kuiper this new approach is a large step forward for the Russian automotive industry. Russian vehicle manufacturers lag behind with respect to the demonstrable recyclability of new types of vehicles, one of the entry requirements that cars must comply with to drive on the roads in the EU. “ The fact that the Russians consider this important is evidenced by the budget allotted to the study by the Dutch consortium,” Kuiper stated. “For ARN this is a sign of appreciation for all the good work we’ve done in the past few years. Simultaneously, Russian interest is a recognition of Dutch knowhow in the areas of recycling and sustainability.”
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