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BRAKE DIsc for AutoMotive - performance enhancement by insertion of diamond particles

Objective

Created in Grezzana (Italy) in 2013, our company, Ferdiam S.r.l., is a “startup” company dedicated to the development of innovative technologies and products through the use of the diamond. As a spin-off Dellas S.p.a., world-renowned leader for over 40 years in the manufacturing of diamond-based tools for cutting stone, we have a solid and proven knowledge of the potential of the diamond for industrial applications and its subsequent business exploitation.
Diamonds have unsurpassed hardness among minerals on Earth (according to the Mohs scale). Their thermal conductivity is extremely high (5 times higher than 2nd ranked, Copper) that leads to practical 20-times better thermal-dissipation than other industrial materials (e.g. iron, steel). These, together with other properties (broad band optical transparency; extremely chemically inert-not affected by any acid or other chemicals; graphitization only at very high temperatures) make them a very versatile material for industrial purposes.
Originally focused on the decorative world thanks to the diamond’s characteristics of brightness and resistance, our business development has evolved as well towards the automotive sector where its thermal conductivity and hardness can address current needs towards higher performances of the disc brakes, crucial systems of the automotive.
Using diamonds, BrakeDiam, our innovative brake for automotive industry, means a new push forward in braking technology, improving the complete braking system in standard tourism cars and motorbikes: safer (braking time to stop vehicle is reduced by 15%), optimized gas consumption (braking system 25% lighter), less maintenance (+40% operating life) and environmental friendly (-50% particle emissions of steel/iron dust). This project, which aims at producing and commercializing our BrakeDiam disc brake range, will allow us to grow sustainably through an accumulated profit over 12 million within the first 5 years of exploitation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinator

FERDIAM Srl
Address
Viale Del Lavoro 2
37023 Grezzana
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000