The European sheet forming industries are facing considerable problems due to legal requirements of introducing environmentally acceptable lubricants as substitutes for the present hazardous/toxic ones. The objectives of this project are to develop new environmentally acceptable lubricants and an approach for prediction or prevention of lubricant film breakdown in sheet forming operations to facilitate a shift in the European industry towards environmentally acceptable lubricants. These objectives will be achieved by developing new environmentally acceptable lubricants based on pine oils and dry-film polymers, a system of experimental tests for sheet forming tribology combined with numerical modelling of lubricant film breakdown, which are integrated into a design support system. The expected output are new lubricants and a combined experimental and theoretical approach for prediction or prevention of lubricant film breakdown.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
00 049 Warszawa
SA2 8PP Swansea