The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, with its headquarters in Gothenburg, employs about 95,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets.
Volvo Technology AB researches and develops new technology, new product, and business concepts for ‘hard’ as well as ‘soft’ products for the transport and vehicle industry. The company offers vehicle alert systems and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communication. The company is based in Gothenburg, Sweden with site offices in France and United States.
Volvo as the main automotive end user provided inputs and requirements for suspension system for busses and trucks as a final case study part component to be topologically optimised with regards to WAAM.
Working with Cranfield University, Volvo assisted in the redesigned air spring member to fit Cranfield’s WAAM method in cooperation with design engineers. A test program was put together for Fatigue testing at Volvo Materials Technology centre. From sub elements produced at Cranfield, Metallography characterisation was carried out. The final area covers life cycle assessment for automotive requirements.