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Optimisation of the metal cleaning process; evaluation of environmentally-adapted processes and recycling of washing

Objective



Cleaning and degreasing processes play an crucial role in
determining the prosperties of a surface and thereby
affect subsequent treatment or uses. The objective of
the proposed project is to identify replacements for
chlorinated solvents used in cleaning process and to
optimise aqueous cleaning including recycling and waste
water treatment. The project will also include develpment
and formulation of chemicals and cleaning solutions that
are environmentally acceptable and suitable for
recycling. A very important issue that will be addressed
is the use of closed loop systems so as to reduce
consumption of water. This is especially significant for
industry in southern Europe, where water is an expensive
commodity. Direct industrial application of the research
lies in metal cleaning process optimised with respect to
quality assurance, increased productivity, waste
minimisation, development of environmentally adapted
chemicals, reuse of water and valuable raw materials, and
a decreased cost for the cleaning. The project will
increase knowledge about the entire cleaning process so
as to achieve a stable and efficient process. The project
includes the use of novel technologies with special focus
given to techniques that can be used for cleaning of the
surface, as well as changing its properties. The
introduction of optimised metal cleaning process will
benefit the competitiveness of the European industry with
respect to improved production quality. Alternatives to
the use of chlorinated solvents is also expected to be an
important issue for the marketing of future European
products. Collaboration between project partners will
assure that an European network will be established,
which will be advantageous for future work. The results
from this project will be of particular interest for
SMEs and will increase their competitiveness due to cost
and time efficient cleaning processes which are also more
environmentally friendly.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AB Volvo Technological Development
Address

405 08 Goteborg
Sweden

Participants (12)

Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB
Sweden
Address

444 85 Stenungsund
Dr. O.K. Wack Chemie GmbH
Germany
Address
6,Bunsenstraße 6
85053 Ingelstadt
INSTITUTET FÖR METALLFORSKNING AB
Sweden
Address
48,Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 48
114 28 Stockholm
Multimatic Reinigungs-Systeme GmbH & Co
Germany
Address
Gerdenerstraße 71
49304 Melle
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iroon Polytechniou 9, Zografou Campus
157 73 Athens
Nederlandse Philips Bedrijven BV
Netherlands
Address
1A,kastanjelaan
5600 MD Eindhoven
PCI Membrane Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Laverstoke Hill
RG28 7NR Basingstoke
Quaker Chemical BV
Netherlands
Address
1-13,Industrieweg 1-13
1420 AA Uithoom
SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE LTD-IVL SVENSKA MILJOININSTITUTET AB
Sweden
Address
43,Valhallavagen 81
11427 Stockholm
Violex - Bic SA
Greece
Address
5-7,Konstantinoupoleos Street 5-7
12132 Peristeri
Voest-Alpine Stahl Linz GmbH
Austria
Address
45,Turmstrasse
4031 Linz
YKI - INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE CHEMISTRY
Sweden
Address
45,Drottning Kristinas Väg 45
114 86 Stockholm