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HYbrid sintering and advanced Machining of technical CERamics

Objective

The development of new production processes and innovative sintering technologies, i.e. firing processes during which the conversion of a powder compact into a fully dense bulk compound is realized, as well as the improvement of the current processes and technologies, would permit to enhance the use of ceramics in industrial applications by increased product development and high added value products. This will reinforce the position of the European companies against their competitors in Asia and America. Nowadays, non-conventional machining processes allow cost effective processing of ceramics introducing the possibility to obtain complex 3D shapes. Processes such as vibration assisted and electrical discharge machining solve the limitations of conventional processes like grinding, introducing more flexible and cost effective machining capabilities.
The HYMaCER project, driven by 4 dedicated Hi-Tech SMEs, aims at developing a complete supply chain for large size technical ceramic blanks in order to fulfill their need for economically produced, innovative and difficult to densify technical ceramics, all three parameters which are currently limiting the SMEs’ market expansion.
The SMEs will join their knowledge on spark plasma sintering (NANOKER & FCT) and machining of ceramics (Ceratec, ARTOOLING & FCT) to produce innovative technical ceramics with an already proven market potential for dedicated niche markets. In order to realise this, the SMEs will be supported by 3 RTD centres with a long standing expertise in ceramic material development (K.U.Leuven & CSIC), spark plasma sintering (CSIC & K.U. Leuven) and non-conventional machining (K.U.Leuven & IK4-TEKNIKER).
The research will be focused on the fabrication of electrically conductive technical ceramics, combining an oxide matrix with a secondary, electrically conductive phase, by means of the largest world-wide hybrid spark plasma sintering equipment, with pressing force up to 400 tons and component capacity up to 400 mm in diameter, of FCT origin, and recently installed at NANOKER.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 144 640,63
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)

Participants (6)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 21 610
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María ángeles López Vázquez (Ms.)
NANOKER RESEARCH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 474 226,37
Address
Poligono De Olloniego 5 Parcella 22 Nave 5
33660 Oviedo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Rivera (Mr.)
FCT SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 924,75
Address
Gewerbepark 16
96528 Rauenstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Gahn (Mr.)
CERATEC TECHNISCHE KERAMIEK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 256 302,54
Address
Poppenbouwing 35
4191 NZ Geldermalsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kees Visser (Mr.)
SMS STAMP TOOL & MOULD TECHNOLOGIESBV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 258 571,71
Address
Hermesstraat 8
5047 TS Tilburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerard De Bakker (Mr.)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 23 674
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Saioa Mondragon (Ms.)