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Sustainable and flexible powder metallurgy processes optimization by a holistic reduction of raw material resources and energy consumption.

Project description

Empowering powder metallurgy

There is a pressing need to address the challenges faced by the powder metallurgy in sectors such as automotive, aeronautics, cutting tools, molding tools, and medical. It’s crucial to introduce modularity, flexibility and sustainability. In this context, the EU-funded SUPREME project will harness fast-growing production methods and cutting-edge technologies to create more sustainable processes. Specifically, it aims to reduce raw material losses and enhance energy efficiency, production rates, and CO2 emissions, promoting a transition towards a circular economy. SUPREME’s cross-sectorial integration and optimisation approach brings together several key processes, including gas and water atomisation, ball milling, additive manufacturing, and near-net shape technologies. To validate, demonstrators will be implemented at different stages of the value chain.

Objective

SUPREME aims at optimizing powder metallurgy processes throughout the supply chain. It will focus on a combination of fast-growing industrial production routes and advanced ferrous and non-ferrous metals. By offering more integrated, flexible and sustainable processes for powders manufacturing and metallic parts fabrication, SUPREME enables the reduction of the raw material resources (minerals, metal powder, gas and water) losses while improving energy efficiency, production rate and CO2 emissions, into sustainable processes and towards a circular economy. To achieve this goal, an ambitious cross-sectorial integration and optimization has been designed between several powder metallurgy processes: gas and water atomization as well as ball milling for metal powder production, additive manufacturing and near-net shape technologies for end-parts fabrication. Quality and process control will be developed to monitor KPI, based on eco-innovation approach, to demonstrate the optimization of material and energy use. 4 demonstrators will be proposed at each step of the value chain in real industrial setting and ready for business exploitation at TRL 7: mineral concentration, metal powder manufacturing, metal part manufacturing and end-product that will validate a global optimization of more than 25% on material yield losses, more than 10% on energy efficiency, more than 10% on production rate and beyond 30% of CO2 emissions. SUPREME has gathered an outstanding consortium of 17 partners from 8 countries, represented by 11 companies including 6 SMEs that will ensure a successful implementation towards market applications. 5 applications sectors are targeted: automotive, aeronautics, cutting tools, molding tools and medical. The process key differentiation advantages will bring modularity, flexibility and sustainability to powder metallurgy and will reduce the total cost breakdown of these technologies, boosting their adoption by industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-IND-CE-2016-17

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Sub call

H2020-SPIRE-2017

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Net EU contribution
€ 1 187 109,75
Address
RUE LEBLANC 25
75015 PARIS 15
France

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 187 109,75

Participants (21)