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DEGASSING MACHINE FOR ALUMINUM CASTING PROCESS BASED ON ULTRASOUND

Objective

Taking advantage of previous results achieved by ULTRAGASING (FP7-SME-2011-1), DOSHORMAT intends to optimize and develop two ready-to-market ultrasonic degassing machines for aluminium foundries that represent efficiency solutions for degassing molten aluminium.
The degassing technology is one of the main components of quality assurance in casting industry. The quality of any as-cast material depends to a great extent on the amount of defects. One of the main defects in near-net shape casting processes is porosity.
Currently used methods of degassing have drawbacks and limitations: involve using mixtures of expensive inert gas, health and environment hazards, strict safety rules, larger investment and maintenance costs, and/or low efficiency.
The cavitation melt treatment presents a feasible alternative to current degassing techniques. However, before ULTRAGASSING project, there were not known applications of ultrasound to degas metallic melts on industrial scale and in regular casting processing.
ULTRAGASSING has demonstrated the feasibility of using ultrasonic treatment to degas considerable volumes of melt in batch operations (up to 60 kg). This allowed the development of two conceptual prototypes for degassing aluminium alloys. Even though, there are still relevant points that must be improved in order to successfully introduce the machine in the market and exploit new market niches.
The aim of DOSHORMAT is to improve and optimize the previous prototypes from ULTRAGASSING, adapting them to all the market needs, by developing one equipment specifically designed for HPDC and Gravity Casting and another for degassing much larger volumes, suitable for LPDC and, in general, for any casting activity.
DOSHORMAT will improve the melt quality, reducing the gas content and removing the oxides, highly enhancing the quality and mechanical performance of the components produced (e.g. transport applications), while meeting the present and future environment regulations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

ULTRASION S.L.
Address
Av. Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 223 360
Administrative Contact
Enric Sirera (Mr.)

Participants (7)

FUNDACIO PRIVADA ASCAMM

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma , Parc Tecnologic Del Valles 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Liceth Rebolledo (Ms.)
HORNOS Y METALES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 462 060
Address
Calle Las Marineras 13-17
28864 Ajalvir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karina Galindo Torres (Ms.)
VOCKLABRUCKER METALLGIESSEREI DAMBAUER GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 187 040
Address
Vocklastrasse 20
4840 Vocklabruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicole Baldinger (Ms.)
CERTA ZARGYARTO PRESONTO ES SZERSZAMKESZITO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 74 400
Address
Bereczki U 18-28
3980 Satoraljaujhely
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Renáta Ruzsinszki (Ms.)
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 83 180
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Liceth Rebolledo (Ms.)
VEREIN FUER PRAKTISCHE GIESSEREIFORSCHUNG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 67 440
Address
Parkstrasse 21
8700 Leoben
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Stark (Mrs.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 61 520
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)