WMG Catapult

The WMG centre is addressing the global challenge of low carbon mobility through R&D in Lightweight Technologies and Propulsion and Energy Storage. Collaborating with transport sector partners in automotive, commercial off-road (agricultural and construction), rail, and marine, we are enabling and accelerating the development of new technologies, products and processes. These include autonomous vehicles, high efficiency electric machines and power electronics systems.

International Digital Laboratory
University of Warwick
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The WMG centre HVM Catapult is home to two UK centres of excellence in lightweight technologies, and energy storage and management:

The Lightweight Technologies Centre of Excellence employs the latest design and modelling software to create lightweight structures from combinations of metals, alloys, polymers, composites, ceramics and hybrid materials.

Significant effort is directed at identifying and proving manufacturing processes that can be used to form and join novel combinations of materials to produce robust and reliable structures at costs required in the volume transport sectors. All work is critically analysed and proven via detailed characterisation on state of the art testing machinery.

The Energy Innovation Centre is at the forefront of the development of new battery chemistries. The Centre comprises a battery materials pilot line, battery characterisation laboratory, abuse testing chambers and an electric/hybrid drives test facility.

The combined facilities provide a one-stop-shop for the development of new battery chemistries from concept to fully proven traction batteries, produced in sufficient quantities for detailed industrial evaluation in target applications.

In addition to these centres of excellence WMG Catapult have expanded their expertise in related areas such as autonomous vehicles, and electrical machines and power electronics. These have been highlighted by the Automotive Council as key areas for the UK automotive industry to develop in order to be globally competitive.

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