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Nanostructured coatings via environmentally friendly deposition techniques for demanding tribological applications

Objective

Vacuum coatings are widely applied in tribological systems, allowing wear reduction and in some cases the use of lighter materials. In the car industry, piston rings are already being PVD coated by Japanese suppliers. European suppliers will have to develop new technical solutions also to comply with new emission laws. Nanostructured coatings (with structures, defined at nanometric scale ) are attracting strong attention for their ability to combine properties difficult to reconcile like high hardness and high toughness. These coatings, made possible by new deposition techniques, are expected to give significant improvements over current ones, e.g. using nanolayered or nanocolumnar structures or inclusions of nanoparticles in metal-ceramic matrices. The project aims to develop new nanostructured coatings for demanding, widespread mechanical applications (gears) and for car engines components ( cylinders, tappets ), and new deposition systems fitted to pilot scale treatment of real parts using the novel techniques of pulsed cluster beam, laser-arc and cluster CVD.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MICROCOAT SPA
Address
Via Cascina Scaravella S/n
20018 Sedriano
Italy

Participants (8)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A
Italy
Address
50,Strada Torino, 50
10043 Orbassano
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.*
Germany
Address
Winterbergstrasse 28
01277 Weissig - Dresden
GIE EADS CCR
France
Address
Rue Pasteur 12
92152 Suresnes
HAUZER TECHNO COATING EUROPE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Van Heemskerckweg 22
5902 RB Venlo
INA-SCHAEFFLER KG
Germany
Address
Industriestrasse 1-3
91074 Herzogenaurach
ITALIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE PHYSICS OF MATTER
Italy
Address
Piazza L. Da Vinci , 32
20133 Milano
SVUM A.S.
Czechia
Address
Bechovice, Areal Vyzkumnych Ustavu
190 11 Praha 9
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds