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Novel high-pressure water hydraulic equipment for application in the construction and mining sector

Objective

Hydraulic power transmission with oil as power transmission fluid is widely applied in industrial applications. The main consumer of hydraulic fluids are heavy duty hydraulic machines such surface and underground mining equipment, drilling rigs and earth-moving machines. Petroleum-based hydraulic fluids and lubricants are persistent and toxic. They need to be disposed at the end of life in order to minimize the dispersion in the environment, and the are carcinogen and have resulted in almost 10,000 workers developing malignant tumours, resulting in more than 5,600 reported deaths/year in the EU. Additionally the use of oil-based hydraulic machines poses severe fire and safety concern in harsh industrial environment (i.e. high temperature). The inevitable trends in the construction industry and legislation show very clearly that the oil in the hydraulics should be replaced with less pollutant media. Biodegradable synthetic oils show lower performance, poor lubrication, higher costs, greater wear, seal compatibility problems, and long-term stability concerns. Substitution of oil by water is the best solution for an environmental, safety, health and cost perspective. However in the high-pressure fluid applications, the requirements for the substrate/coating systems are extremely severe, because wear resistance, friction and corrosion aspects must be addressed. Nowadays no application of water hydraulics in the machines for construction and mining, which represents the biggest market for hydraulic components and the largest consumers of oil, exist. HYDRO-COAT project is aimed at developing the knowledge and the technology to produce a new range of “environmental friendly” machines for construction using water as hydraulic fluid, addressing the technical barriers imposed by the use of water instead of oil. This objective will be reach by integration innovative coating solutions with optimal design of hydraulic components for use with high-pressure water.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid statics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 20 400
Administrative Contact
Franca Di Censo (Dr.)

Participants (8)

MESSERSI' SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 166,48
Address
Via Thomas Edison 1
60027 Osimo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Corinaldesi (Mr.)
HIRTENBERGER ENGINEERED SURFACES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 300 799,12
Address
Leobersdorfer Strasse 31-33
2552 Hirtenberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Hansal (Dr.)
S.I.M.E. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 873,20
Address
Via Santa Margherita 89/91
20047 Brugherio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mauro Maffina (Mr.)
CILINDROS Y CROMADOS PALENTINOS S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 172 513,20
Address
Poligono Industrial Duenas P4e
34210 Duenas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Becoechea (Ms.)
Salami S.p.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 233,20
Address
Via Emilia Ovest 1006
41100 Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Faragò (Mr.)
ION BEAM EUROPA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 200
Address
Via A. Volta 46
20010 Mesero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Bassi (Mr.)
SKA POLSKA SP (ZOO)
Poland
EU contribution
€ 4 000
Address
Ul. Aleje Jerozolimskie 125/127 Lok 508
02 017 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcin Bukat (Mr.)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 8 938,80
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heleen De Wever (Dr.)