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Functional surface treatments using ultra-short pulse laser system FemtoSurf

Objective

The tremendous success of lasers in industry resulted in massive demand for photonics-based solutions. At the moment lasers are inseparable part of fields like communications, medicine, science and heavy industry. This is due to outstanding versatility of light, as it can be used as means for both measurement and direct processing. One of the newest developments in the field is advent of ultra-fast femtosecond (fs) lasers. Alongside all the standard laser properties, these lasers add capability to control temporal and thermal characteristics of light-matter interaction as well as eliminate any material related restrictions due ultra-high light intensities achievable. For these reasons fs lasers are predicated to play pivotal role in 4th industrial revolution with ultrafast laser marked projected to grow up to 7.1 billion dollars by 2021. Direct surface treatment is one of the key areas where fs lasers proved highly promising. Specific light-matter interaction regimes enabled by fs pulses allow to create surface patterns in scales ranging from nanoripples to millimetre-sized grooves. Such surface features could be made into either repelling or adhering. As it is direct process applicable for any kind of surface metal patterning is especially interesting, as it could find use if fields like medicine, aerospace, maritime and tool manufacturing, replacing various coatings, lubricants or enabling entirely new properties. The main objective of FemtoSurf is to exploit the newest advances in laser development for creation of industrial-grade 2-3 kW-level fs laser that would be integrated in propose-built optical chain enabling multi-beam processing (up to 100 simultaneous beams) with individually controlled spatial distributions in each laser spot, integrated into a fully automated processing setup for efficient patterning arbitrary shaped metal components with sizes exceeding several meters while retaining micrometre level precision.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UAB FEMTIKA
Address
Sauletekio Al.15
10224 Vilnius
Lithuania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 691 250

Participants (9)

AMPHOS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 293 750
Address
Kaiserstrasse 100
52134 Herzogenrath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 422 500
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 402 500
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROLLA SP PROPELLERS SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 305 000
Address
Via Roncaglia 6
6883 Novazzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aerea S.p.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Via Cattaneo 24
22078 Turate
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINTEA PLUSTEK SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 44
20090 Assago Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 309 375
Address
Pilot Way, Ansty Business Park
CV7 9JU Coventry
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELIOTIS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 560 500
Address
Langenbold 5
6037 Root
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RAMTEID GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 543 750
Address
Auf Den Hochackern 5
92224 Amberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)