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SURE2COAT: SUSTAINABLE SURFACE TREATMENTS OF COMPLEX SHAPE COMPONENTS FOR TRANSSECTORIAL INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION

Project description

Aluminium as an alternative to steel

Steel is used widely in the construction of buildings, ships and machinery. However, many industries are now looking for alternatives to lower the weight of their products and reduce costs. While aluminium (Al) is a lighter option, it is prone to corrosion. In this context, the EU-funded SURE2COAT project will enable the use and uptake of Al in new sectors involving products with complex shapes. To address the corrosion problem, it will develop new surface treatments in electrical engines, heating systems and heat storage units. SURE2COAT will aim to increase the energy efficiency by at least 50 % and increase the use of recycled Al by 70 % by using surface treatments and innovative production technologies.

Objective

Light alloys, like Al, have shown to be good options for replacing steel in many sectors due to higher thermal conductivity and weight reduction they allow, which has become crucial e.g. for e-mobility. However, without protection, recycled Al is prone to corrosion under operation in harsh environments (e.g. heat exchangers in heat storage units, components in motors needed to be frequently cleaned with harmful chemicals). The Sure2Coat project will enable the use and uptake of Al in new sectors involving products with complex shapes, by new sustainable manufacturing methods with lower energy consumption for end users. Corrosion is a major challenge with an annual global cost of $2.5 trillion. It is therefore fundamental to develop and validate new surface treatments to produce corrosion resistant and conductive coatings for new applications. Sure2Coat will develop and validate new surface treatments for light alloys (anaphoretic e-coating, laser structuring, composite-PEO coating) in three use cases in which energy usage is key: Electrical engines, Heating systems and Heat storage units. Sure2Coat pays special attention to effective design for future integration into their respective production lines. Sure2Coat's target is to increase the energy efficiency by 50-60% and increase the use of recycled Al by 70% by using surface treatments and innovative production technologies (casting, virtualisation), with lower energy consumption (from 10%) during manufacturing. For an industrial point of view, a prerequisite for succeeding is continuity in manufacturing R&D&I projects and training/education of required staff, which Sure2Coat will foster by broad dissemination and exploitation of the project results across the manufacturing value chain. Sure2Coat will result in strengthening the European manufacturing value chain by developing European industries with leading-edge technologies on manufacturing materials and allowing for accelerating roll-out for green transition.

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Net EU contribution
€ 2 239 594,00
Address
STRINDVEGEN 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway

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Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
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Total cost
€ 2 239 594,00

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