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New generation of protective coatings alternative to hard chrome

Objective

The total annual estimated direct cost of corrosion, not including wear damage, in the worlds is estimated at about 3.1% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Protective coatings serve to prevent wear and corrosion and thus reduce the total loss from corrosion and wear. Hard chromium plating is one of the most widely used techniques for production of such coatings. However, hard chromium faces many problems: EU restrictions due to use hexavalent chromium, health issues for the plating industry personnel due to cancers events, functional defects of the coatings and low current efficiency. Thus, there is an urgent need to substitute chrome plating with an alternative one that could provide the same or even enhanced benefits that chrome has, without causing the above problems.
The target of the project is to eliminate the use of hard chromium plating in European electroplating industry by delivering a suitable alternative, which will be the nano structured Ni-P and Ni-P composite coatings (with SiC or WC as reinforcing nanoparticles).
The successful outcome of the HardAlt project will lead to the restriction or even elimination of the use of hexavalent chromium in electrodeposition industry and will not be subjected in EU legislations. As HardAlt coatings will present equal or even enhanced functional properties compared to hard chrome, they will be adopted by the metal working industry in applications where wear and corrosion resistance is of crucial importance. Significant benefit will be the customization of the HardAlt coatings in the need of each application using the same bath leading to raw materials saving and minimization of wastes from electroplating industry.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 55 744
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)

Participants (11)

BRITISH ALLIED TRADES FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 374 975,63
Address
Vyse Street 10 Federation House
B18 6LT Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dave Elliot (Mr.)
SLOVENSKA SPOLOCNOST PRE POVRCHOVE UPRAVY
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 32 759,94
Address
Radlinskeho 9
81237 Bratislava
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marta Chovancová (Ms.)
ASFIMET SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 319 005,67
Address
Via Sismondi Gian Carlo 50
20133 Milano Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Travaini (Ms.)
AGRUPACION PYME PARA LA SINERGIA EN I MAS D SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 327 452,62
Address
Calle Estacion 29 Planta 1 Puerta 3
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Mur (Mrs.)
ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF NOTHERN GREECE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 285 628,80
Address
Technopolis Thessalonikis Business Park Building C2
55510 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Spyros Ignatiadis (Mr.)
KAMPAKAS METALLOURGIKI TECHNIKI EMPORIKI KAI VIOMICHANIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 83 338,30
Address
Anatolikis Thrakis 2
16122 Kaisariani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Kampakas (Mr.)
FALEX TRIBOLOGY NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 87 282,50
Address
Wingepark 23B
3110 Rotselaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Drees (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 674,80
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 38 967,74
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franca Di Censo (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 28 770
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elias Houstis (Prof.)
CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 4 400
Address
77, John Kennedy Avenue
1077 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giannis Spyropoulos (Dr.)