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Improvement of Steels the Tools for Thixoforming of Complex Structural Parts

Objective

Thixoforming is a young technology of shaping metals in the semi-solid state which provides combined advantages of both, shapability (thixoforging) and quality (thixocasting) compared to conventional processing. The advantages of thixoforming offer the possibility to produce complex structural parts with lower forming energies and less process steps which lead to higher economical processes and effective use of materials. Thixoforming can be used to produce parts which are highly charged during usage with a complex structure, experience has already been obtained in the field of aluminium alloys. By transferring this process to steels a much broader application will be made available. Due to higher requirements for the thixoforming process fundamental investigations have to be made to produce complex structural parts by thixoforming.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

SIDENOR INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO S.A.
Address
Barrio Ugarte S/n
48970 Basauri
Spain

Participants (9)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
Intzestrasse 1/2
52074 Aachen
BOEHLER EDELSTAHL GMBH & CO KG
Austria
Address
Mariazellerstrasse 25
8605 Kapfenberg
CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA
Italy
Address
Via Di Castel Romano 100/102
00128 Roma
COPEM DESIGN SNC
Italy
Address
Via Dei Peschi, 7
00040 Ardea
EPIRUS FOUNDRIES S.A.
Greece
Address
Lykotrychi
45110 Ioannina
MEFOS - THE FOUNDATION FOR METALLURGICAL RESEARCH
Sweden
Address
Metallvaegen 2
971 25 Lulea
OVAKO STEEL AB
Sweden
Address

813 82 Hofors
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
Address
2,Robert-bosch-strasse 2
70442 Stuttgart
University of Patras
Greece
Address
Caratheodory St. 1
26500 Patras