Car Body Shells, Doors and Interiors

CARBODIN will improve car body shell manufacture by exploring the possibilities offered by composite materials.


CARBODIN advocates for a modular tooling to manufacture a wide range of parts of varying size. In addition, the proposed process will combine different production techniques, automation concepts, introduction of co-cured and co-bonded composite parts and multi-material integrated joints and inserts. Besides, predictive maintenance will be reinforced by testing intelligent sensor nodes.

Composite materials will also be the core idea for cost-efficient doors with reduced LCC. The creation of modular tooling combined with 3D technology will enable the production of lighter doors with enhanced thermal and acoustic properties in the door and its vicinity.

CARBODIN will facilitate the design of attractive train interiors by developing a configuration tool based on virtual reality. This will be complemented by innovative manufacturing tools for interior components. Other strategies for improving cost-effectiveness of manufacturing processes such as the integration of low-volt circuits in panels will be also explored. 

CARBODIN also aims at improving the performance of the future HMI system through a European survey to identify key interactions such as drivers’ gestures or voices.

CARBODIN will benefit from a strong multidisciplinary consortium, made of 14 partners from 7 countries, committed to the mentioned actions towards maximisation of the project’s impact.

Facts and Figures

  • Topic: Advanced Car body shells for railways and light material and innovative doors and train modularity
  • EU Contributions: 3.5 m€
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Project start date: 01/12/2019
  • Project end date: 30/11/2021
  • Partners: 14 partners from 7 countries
  • Project coordinator: FUNDACIO EURECAT
  • H2020-S2RJU-OC-2019
  • Grant agreement n° 881814

Project structure

WP NumberWP TitleLead beneficiary
WP1New tooling for composite car body manufacturing
WP2Car body Structural Health Monitoring
Systems for Composites and Metal-Composite Interfaces
WP3Process automation concepts for Composite Car body ManufacturingASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
WP4Process integrating joint concepts & modular concepts for Composite Car body ManufacturingASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
WP5New tooling for Composite Door Leaves manufacturingMASATS SA
WP6Solutions for thermal and noise reduction in the neighbourhood of the doorDES ART SP. Z O. O.
WP7Accessibility to passenger trains (ramps, thresholds, gap filler)DICEA
WP8Modular Interior’s concepts and virtual immersive interior design configurator toolRHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
WP9New tooling for Composite interiors manufacturingFORSTER SYSTEM-MONTAGE-TECHNIKSMT GMBH
WP11Integrated low volt circuits in panelFUNDACIO EURECAT
WP12Impact boosting activitiesEURNEX e. V.


CARBODIN_S2R updates

AIMEN participates in 🚄@CARBODIN_S2R project developing innovative and affordable solutions for the car body shell manufacturing in the #railway sector.
Discover #CARBODIN 👉https://carbodin.eu/
@Shift2Rail_JU #H2020 #EUresearch #advancedmanufacturing #advancedmaterials

📢We are online!📢The @Shift2Rail_JU #H2020 Project now has a web site: http://www.carbodin.eu Here you can keep up to date with the project and it’s process. #CarBodyShells,#Doors and #Interiors
#EUresearch #advancedmanufacturing #advancedmaterials

Please help us out with this Survey, if you didn’t do it already. The project @Drive2future needs your help and your opinions about the acceptance of #automated #vehicles for different #transport #modes. https://twitter.com/Drive2future/status/1220648870172151808

Last @Shift2Rail_JU Call for Proposals selected 17 projects for funding.

Those projects have now started with really challenging innovations to deliver.

Do not miss any detail (select “year” “2019”):

📸In Cerdanyola del Vallés (#Barcelona) are Elena Rodríguez, Laura Mera and Soraya Pintos attending the KOM of #Carbodin project, a new european initiative with the purpose of boosting passenger #trains #lightweight and more #energy-efficient.
#H2020 #EUresearch #aimenteam

Orgullosos de continuar participando en proyectos como #Carbodin que apuestan por la #innovacion y eficiencia energética 👌
#Composites #H2020 #EficienciaEnergética https://twitter.com/Eurecat_news/status/1205069839418703873

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Project coordinator: Mr. Víctor García FUNDACIO EURECAT
Dissemination: Mr. Celestino Sánchez
This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 881814 (CARBODIN)

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