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: 27 months
  • Project start date: 01/12/2019
  • Project end date: 28/02/2022
  • 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

Our @CARBODIN_S2R project held a very successful General Assembly!

Project partners presented the achievements so far & discussed how to improve car body shell by exploring the possibilities offered by composite materials.

🔗More here: https://carbodin.eu/

All #CARBODIN partnerrs at the virtual General Assembly, yesterday and today where we presented and discussed our work so far.Thank you to all participants! #automated #manufacturing #additive #technologies #compositecomponents #rail #railresearch #shift2rail #euyearofrail

Today Elena Rodríguez and Tania Grandal are at the 18M General Assembly of @CARBODIN_S2R to present our work related with #automated #composite #manufacturing & 3D #additive #technologies for joints integration into composite components in the #rail sector. #H2020 #aimenresearch

Making #OpenScience the new normal for transport research
🤩 #BEOPENproject Final Event: programme is online and registration is open!
🗓️ June 9, 2021 🕐 13:00-16:00 CET
Check out the programme and register 👉https://lnkd.in/dh4iTAU

Over 1700 drivers from 1⃣5⃣ 🇪🇺 countries contributed to our @CARBODIN_S2R project’s survey!

The results will help us identify the best human-machine interactions like gesture, sound and voice in cabin design to ensure a #safe working environment.


Survey #1 led by @CARBODIN_S2R partners is now over. We received answers from 1700 drivers from 15 EU countries.-Many thanks to all drivers who contributed to the survey!
#drivingcabin, #railresearch, #railway, #transport, #mobility @Shift2Rail_JU @LAMIH_UPHF @uic

Some images of the Technologies investigated during survey 1, for #CARBODIN, #shift2rail project. Thanks to LAMIH ,UMR,CNRS,8201 the Laboratory of Automation, Mechanics and Industrial and Human Computer Science at @LAMIH_UPHF @UphfOfficiel @CNRS.


Happy faces at the #CARBODIN WP10 online meeting with @SapienzaRoma,@Eurecat_news,@uic & @UphfOfficie. Going through the preliminary results analysis on Survey 1 and defining the objectives for survey 2 .#shift2rail @LAMIH_UPHF

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Documents and downloads

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An initial acousto-ultrasonic experimental investigation of defects in composite specimens used in the transportation domain

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Human-machine interface in transport systems: an industrial overview for more extended rail applications

News & Events

CARBODIN survey #1 on new driving cabins

CARBODIN successfully carried out a survey across Europe investigating the railway staff preferences on new driving cabins and taking into account human factors. The 1689 responses received from drivers, driving instructors, controllers, maintenance members, staff Read more…


Project coordinator:
Mr. Alessio Tardivo - EURNEX e. V.

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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