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Hydrostatic extrusion process for efficient production of magnesium structural components

Objective

Aim of the project is to improve magnesium manufacturing technology for structural components by development of a direct hot hydrostatic extrusion process and tailoring alloys and billet preparation in order to improve extrudability and meet functional requirements for lightweight automotive, aerospace, railway rolling stock and bicycle applications. Research concerns hydrostatic extrusion processing, alloy development and casting, magnesium processing technologies and the development and testing of demonstrator components. A five to ten-fold productivity increase is expected for magnesium extrusions, which corresponds with a 50 % lowering of the manufacturing costs. The targeted weight reductions for components such as side impact bars, window cross members and bicycle fore forks are 30% and 80% compared to aluroinium and steel counterparts, enabling a breakthrough for magnesium extrusions for transport applications.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AUDI AG
Address
Felix-wankel-strasse
74148 Neckarsulm
Germany

Participants (8)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
Intzestr. 10
52056 Aachen
BOLIDEN HME BV
Netherlands
Address
Veerweg 14
5145 NS Waalwijk
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
EUROPEAN AERONAUTICS DEFENSE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS GIE
France
Address
Boulevard De Montmorency 37
75781 Paris
GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH
Germany
Address
Max-planck-strasse 1
Geesthacht
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO*
Netherlands
Address
Bevesierweg (Harssens)
1780 AM Den Helder
ROND PRODUCTS BV
Netherlands
Address
Hofstede 30
4033 BV Lienden
VUKV A.S.
Czechia
Address
Kartouzska 4
15021 Praha 5