Norlight:

Crashworthiness of Light-Weight Automotive Structures: Project seeks to develop guidelines for modelling and design of aluminium and magnesium automotive structures subjected to impact loading conditions.

The light metals industry is one of the largest industries in Norway. In 2003 the turnover for semi finished and finished products was 7,7 billion NOK. This was an increase of 12% from 1999. A further increase to 11 billion NOK in 2010 is expected. NorLight contributes to the necessary competence required for this increase.

The Norlight project porfolio: is comprised of long-term, competance building projects. The NorLight projects are organised as parts of the Research Council programmes "Vareproduksjon og materialforedling " and "Prosess- og biomedisinsk industri" . The following topics have been defined.

In terms of aluminium, an internationally recognised Norwegian competence base exists, which includes the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF. This competence base will be further developed in a six-year 200 million NOK (25 million EURO) focused portfolio of Competence Projects with User Participation starting in 2001 with funding from the Norwegian Research Council (60%) and Norwegian industry (40%).

Funding: NorLight is financed jointly by the Norwegian Research Council (60%) and the Norwegian light metals industry (40%).

Additional information: can be found on the Norlight Project Porfolio website.