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Physical processing of molten light alloys under the influence of external fields

Objective

The ExoMet proposal revolves around innovative liquid metal engineering and the application of external physical fields, in order to significantly influence the microstructures and properties of light alloys, such as aluminium and magnesium. Three types of external fields will be explored, namely: electromagnetic, ultrasonic and intensive mechanical shearing.

To meet the future EU challenges of lightweighting and pollution reduction, especially relevant in transportation, it is necessary to improve the castability of light alloys, to enhance grain and eutectic refinement in monolithic alloys, and to develop new high-strength nanocomposites using nano-reinforcers which have only recently become available. Significant mechanical property improvements are foreseen in ExoMet - including 50% increases in tensile strength and ductility, as well as creep resistance up to 300-350 degC (currently limited to about 200 degC in Al and Mg alloys). This applies to both shape castings and wrought products like extruded profiles, bar, cable, sheet and plate.

Manufacturing scale-up will be tackled in ExoMet, using a variety of techniques such as low and high-pressure die casting, sand casting, investment casting, differential-presssure casting, twin-roll casting, ultrasound-assisted casting and twin-shear casting. The application of external fields to these industrial techniques is novel and would bring about major savings in energy, scrap and processing cost.

Having developed the field-enabled processes and produced high-quality light alloys and nanocomposites, the next stage of ExoMet will be prototypying and the assessment of industrial applications in four selected commercial sectors: (i) automotive powertrain and chassis, (ii) aircraft and aero-engine structures, (iii) space satellite and rockets, and (iv) high-strength high-conductivity Al electrical cabling. Computer modelling, rig-testing, standardisation, life-cycle analysis and patenting will also be undertaken.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-LARGE-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Address
24 Rue Du General Bertrand
75007 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 268 542,50

Participants (28)

AVIO SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 8 893,12
Address
Via Antonio Salandra N18
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 317 795
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 239 533
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 222 837
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Volvo Powertrain Corporation
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 184 996
Address
Herkulesgatan 72
S-405 08 Gothenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRECER AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 124 910
Address
Signalhornsgatan 124
65634 Karlstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYDRO ALUMINIUM AS

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 26 804,50
Address
Drammensveien Vaekero 260
0283 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LONDON & SCANDINAVIAN METALLURGICAL CO LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 631,20
Address
Fullerton Road
S60 1DL Rotherham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRABANT ALUCAST THE NETHERLANDS SITE OSS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 179 769
Address
Rijnstraat 19
5340 KL Oss
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALD VACUUM TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 202 500
Address
Wilhelm Rohn Strasse 35
63450 Hanau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 444 226
Address
100-102 Avenue De Suffren
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Fangelsbachstrasse 14
70178 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 270 711
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNGGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 676 418,25
Address
Max Planck Strasse 1
21502 Geesthacht
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION IMDEA MATERIALES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 391 496
Address
Calle Eric Kandel 2 Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico Tecnogetafe
28906 Getafe
Activity type
Research Organisations
WIGNER FIZIKAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 216 000
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 489 720,69
Address
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 485 464
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE ROUEN NORMANDIE
France
EU contribution
€ 245 016
Address
Rue Thomas Becket 1 Mont Saint Aignan
76821 Mont Saint Aignan Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 898 863
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 425 000
Address
Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich
SE10 9LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 637 000
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TOMSKIJ GOSUDARSTVENNYJ UNIVERSITET
Russia
EU contribution
€ 248 700
Address
Lenin Prospect 36
634050 Tomsk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Australia
Address
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KBM MASTER ALLOYS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 248 500
Address
Kloosterlaan 2
9936 TE Farmsum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GE AVIO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 7 673,74
Address
Via I Maggio 99
10040 Rivalta Di Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)