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Selective tribological optimisation of fluid kinetics and efficiency by laser surface structuring

Objective

Economic losings caused by wear and friction are still tremendous, just in Germany the losings are amounted to 100 bn € p.a. for Europe the losses exceed 400 bn €. Recent investigations have shown that laser manufactured structures can exert considerable influence on the tribological behaviour of surfaces. Besides hydrodynamic effects, which can improve friction, the ability of the structures to store lubricant lead to the maintenance of a lubrication film.
As the state of the art techniques for laser surface structuring, particularly for tribological applications are mainly on an a R&D level, the production technology is in need of adequate manufacturing techniques. Main topics in this field of research are the inevitable pre- and post-treatment steps of current laser surface structuring techniques as well as the high process durations. The overall goal of this project is to solve both of those tasks by the development and realisation of a process technology, which enables the process chain integrated laser surface structuring of hydraulic parts.
The project aims to cover a defined segment of a growing market and the technological achievements will offer the participating SMEs promising options of upgrading their product values. In addition to the direct improvement of single systems by the investigations on demonstration parts within the project, the high transferability of the technique to further products will enable the value enhancement of whole product classes. This offers the possibility of a strong enhancement of the total product output.
A consortium has been established, which covers the laser supply and technique as well as the surface preparation technology. Manufacturers of hydraulic parts are members of the consortium in order to close the technological range. Two powerful RTD performers could be gained, which are specialised on the laser processing on the one hand and on tribology on the other hand.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 45 866
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (7)

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 14 000
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Arizaga (Ms.)
EDGEWAVE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 188 451
Address
Carlo-schmid-strasse 19
52146 Wurselen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keming Du (Dr.)
SEXTON CORNELIUS LEO (LASERAGE CONSULTANTS)
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 170 294
Address
Lissadell 101 Maryborough Hill
Douglas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leo Sexton (Dr.)
HELLTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 232 966,05
Address
Am Burgholz 37-39
52372 Kreuzau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Hell (Mr.)
JUNTAS BESMA, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 517,75
Address
Barrio Barrondo - Polig. Landetxe
48080 Zaratamo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kepa Uriarte (Mr.)
HESPER SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 118 646,50
Address
Strada Dr Constantin Istrati 1
040542 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cecilia Vacaretu (Ms.)
SNC PROMEX AS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 54 574,50
Address
Sinikivi Tee 12 Lehmja Kula
75306 Harjumaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rauno Linnamae (Mr.)