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Advanced Polymeric COmpounds and Metal Matrix Composites for Excellent Performances in Machine Tools applications

Objective

The COMETA project aims at solving the following problems of SMEs European machine tools manufacturers: -Get high “Thermal” stability, in order to minimise thermally-induced errors arising from thermal deformations of the machine structures caused by internal/external heat sources. -Get high “Dynamic” stability, in order to minimise vibration (forced and chatter) and inertial effects of machine structures. COMETA intends to reach this goals through the integration and tailoring (to specific need machinery sector) of innovative materials, and exploiting a double-side solution: -Novel and mouldable polymeric short fibers “Compound” (SFC) to be used to produce complex parts (flanges, inserts, …) of machine that are use to interface mechanical components (e.g. motors, guideways, spindle, ….) with the rest of the structure made of composite. The proposed SFC is composed of reinforcement (glass or carbon) with short fibres, powdered or impregnated with proper % in volume of thermoset or thermoplastic resin. Switching from metal interfaces (aluminium/steel) to Compound material would bring: extremely lower thermal drift; weight reduction, thus lower energy consumption and lower part inertia; no galvanic corrosion. -Aluminium matrix composite (AMCs) materials to design and realise low-weight (and hot) parts of machines with excellence mechanical performance (e.g. spindle case, bearing spacer, multi-spindle head, motor base, etc.). The reinforcement in AMCs could be in the form of continuous/discontinuous fibres, whisker or particulates. Properties of AMCs can be tailored to the demands of different Machine tool applications by suitable combinations of matrix, reinforcement and processing route. The major advantages of AMCs compared to unreinforced materials are as follows: improved stiffness to weight ratio; improved high temperature properties; controlled thermal expansion coefficient; improved abrasion and wear resistance; improved damping capabilities

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
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Coordinator

FIDIA SPA
Address
Corso Lombardia 11
10099 San Mauro Torinese
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 612 513,45
Administrative Contact
Paola Gariglio (Ms.)

Participants (8)

IMA TECNO srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 513 600
Address
Via Bellini 14-16
20038 Seregno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Barzaghi (Ms.)
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (SHEFFIELD)LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 426 580
Address
Club Mill Road
S6 2FH Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gareth Morgan (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 160
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uwe Heisel (Prof.)
TEKS SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 470 977,60
Address
Rue Du Praya, Les Toits Blancs 23
05100 Montgenevre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maddalena Rostagno (Dr.)
LOLA COMPOSITES LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 996
Address
Glebe Road St Peter S Road 12
PE29 7DS Huntingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Turnbull (Mr.)
CE.S.I. CENTRO STUDI INDUSTRIALI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 625 023,20
Address
Via Tintoretto 10
20093 Cologno Monzese
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Merlo (Prof.)
Walter Moeck GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 400
Address
In Der Schmiede 1
D-72820 Sonnenbuehl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Möck (Mr.)
RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 340 199,75
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lars Liljenfeldt (Mr.)