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BOOSTing the industrial application of green carbides by thermal spraying in protective coatings

Project description

Solutions for critical coating challenges

The world of thermal spraying coatings is about to witness a game-changing innovation. In response to the pressing need for wear- and corrosion-resistant coatings in highly demanding applications, the EU-funded BoosT project initiative aims to address a critical problem. Currently, the industry relies on materials such as cobalt, nickel, tungsten carbide, and chromium carbide, which come with their own challenges. BoosT plans to replace these materials with eco friendly alternatives. At the heart of this ground-breaking project lies the nanostructured powder that BoosT has produced. Overall, this shift will offer cost savings and a secure supply of raw materials. The project has the potential to revolutionise the thermal spraying industry on a global scale.


The BoosT project aims to introduce advanced materials as alternatives for the efficient deposition of wear and corrosion resistant coatings by Thermal Spraying in highly demanding applications.
The project goal is to substitute the currently critical materials used in Thermal Spraying coating – Co, Ni and WC, CrC- by green elements as Fe, Ti based metals and TiC, SiC carbides.
BoosT materials and coatings will be depolyed in several industrial applications with advanatages in terms of cost savings, securing of raw material sources and removing of toxic materials.
This will be possible by using the BoosT nanostructured powder produced by Mechanomade® technology of MBN for the deposition of coatings with superior characteristics compared to the current thermal spraying materials (WCCo and NiCr3C2).
In the framework of the scope and the expected impact of the call the following objectives have been identified
•Optimize the production route of innovative nanostructured cermets powders for thermal spraying with improved wear resistance and corrosion inhibition
•Optimize the thermal spraying process by HVOF and extend spraying procedures to other methods as CGS and HVAF
•Increase the robustness and repeatability of the industrial processes of powder production plant able to deliver up to 50tons/year of nanostructured powder
•Qualification of the pilot production route for the application of the coating on components for pulp and paper , food processing, mechanical industries with massive cost saving up to 60%
•Commercial proposition of coatings and materials to early adopters industrial customer
The BoosT exploitation and business targets are to: 
- replace WCCoCr products occupying the related market segments
- acquire by 2022 20 early costumers to sale about 30-40 tons of BoosT series powders
- acquire by 2025 at least 75-100 costumers globally.

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Net EU contribution
€ 740 162,50
Via bortolan 42
31030 Carbonera

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Nord-Est Veneto Treviso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 317 212,50

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