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New approach to the manufacture of complex shaped parts

Objective

The proposed project aims to develop an innovative approach to the production of low- cost, complex-shaped engineering components. Industrial sectors, particularly automotive, are continually seeking to reduce manufacturing costs. A preferred route that minimises wastage of raw materials is the near-net shaping, powder metallurgy process. However, PM is incapable of producing complex shapes unless the parts are machined after sintering. This is always expensive due to the hardness of the heat-treated materials demanding careful machining procedures. The proposed research aims to develop effective techniques for machining powder compacts before sintering. This will require novel approaches to powder pressing, clamping, machining procedures, tooling and lubrication but success will be rewarded by significant savings in time, materials, tools and, therefore, cost.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
2,Kasteelpartk Arenberg, 44
3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (11)

ASSA A.B.
Sweden
Address
Kungsgatan 71
63105 Eskilstuna
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue De La Physique 101, Enspg
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
EGA SINTER LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Low's Lane
DE7 4QU Ikeston (Derbyshire)
ELEMENT SIX LIMITED
Ireland
Address
Shannon Airport
Shannon
GOTTLIEB GUEHRING KG
Germany
Address
12,Winterlinger Str. 12
72488 Sigmaringen
HOEGANAES AB
Sweden
Address

263 83 Hoeganaes
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
Address
101,Rue De La Physique 101 Domaine Universitaire
38402 Saint-martin-d'heres
PLATIT ADVANCED COATINGS SYSTEMS SWISS MADE AG
Switzerland
Address
Moosstrasse 68
2540 Grenchen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN*
Germany
Address
Pascalstrasse 8-9
10587 Berlin
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
VOITH TURBO GMBH AND CO KG
Germany
Address
Alexanderstrasse 2, Marktbereich Schiene
89522 Heidenheim