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Final Report - MAGNET (Magnetic moulding: Innovative technology to improve the competitiveness and working conditions of the European foundries)

Project ID: 512745
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

This is the final activity report of MAGNET, a project aimed to develop the magnetic moulding process, a variant of the lost foam foundry technology in which the sand loose mould is substituted by steel shots further compacted by the effect of an applied magnetic field. Four foundries working with different technologies (GSLienen in Germany, Fundiciones del Estanda in Spain, Krolmet in Poland and WH Rowe in United Kingdom) formed the consortium that was completed with an expendable foamed pattern supplier, Knauf Créaform from France, Rodabell, one end user of casting from Spain Hirst Electromagnetics a company from the United Kingdom and two Research and technological development (RTD) performers, PFRI and Inasmet from Poland and Spain.

The project had successfully complied with the previously planned work programme and five different demonstrators had been cast with four different metallic alloys: bronze, aluminium, steel and Grey cast iron (GCI).

This document provides a summary of the overall project objectives, analyzes the technical approach followed and presents the results of all planned activities and relative demonstrations.

The conclusions of the project were positive. It has been demonstrated that the magnetic moulding variant is feasible to produce complex shaped components in a large array of metallic materials. The process was compatible with industrial practices and final components had been successfully cast that presented several positive features when compared to traditionally cast lost foam components in terms of microstructure, dimensional tolerances, etc. The obtained results had also been positive with regards to an improvement in the mechanical properties of the components and reduction of cycle time and the application of this technology in the industry may increase the competitivity and range of products of the foundries.

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Record Number: 13012 / Last updated on: 2011-04-14
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