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FRICTION OPTIMISATION OF SEALS THROUGH ADVANCED LASER SURFACE TEXTURING OF MOULDS

Objetivo

Polymeric seals are essential components in almost every industrial and mechanical process enabling the effective containment and movement of liquids and gases under extremes of environment. Friction is intrinsically related to seal performance. High friction accelerates wear of the seal leading to leakage and/or premature failure, and increases the energy consumption of industrial processes.

Surface (micro-) texturing is a proven technique for reducing friction across lubricated rigid materials such as metal and ceramic materials. Within recent years this technique has been applied and demonstrated for polymeric and elastomeric materials at laboratory level.

The project will develop and demonstrate a novel methodology for the design and high volume manufacture of surface textured polymeric components tailored to the (friction) environment within which the component operates, achieving a friction reduction of >20% at a cost premium of <10%.

The novel methodology combines:
•advanced modelling software for the identification of surface texture patterns that lead to significant friction reduction for target rubber and plastic seals and applications
•software for the design of mould tools that enable the reliable transfer of texture patterns onto the seal surface
•novel automated laser system for the application of hierarchical laser induced micro- texture patterns to the mould tool surface
•best practice for moulding and de-moulding using surface textured moulds
•inline optical inspection for surface texture pattern quality control

The project will establish three pilot lines for demonstration of: 1) mould tool design and manufacture; and the design and manufacture of 2) rotary seals for engine applications; and 3) reciprocating seals for industrial processes.

Ámbito científico

  • /ciencias naturales/ciencias físicas/óptica/física del láser

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-FOF-2017
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Régimen de financiación

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinador

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON
Dirección
Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza
España
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Aportación de la UE
€ 717 062,50

Participantes (9)

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 472 230
Dirección
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

La participación finalizó

España
Aportación de la UE
€ 4 813
Dirección
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
Aportación de la UE
€ 595 500
Dirección
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
ORP STAMPI SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 567 766,25
Dirección
Via Colognola 1/B
24060 Viadanica
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ML ENGRAVING SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 731 425
Dirección
Via Presolana 114
24020 Onore
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OPTIMAL OPTIK OPTIKAI KFT
Hungría
Aportación de la UE
€ 561 262,50
Dirección
Dayka Gabor Utca 6B
1118 Budapest
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SKM AERONAUTICS LTD
Israel
Aportación de la UE
€ 953 750
Dirección
24 Nachshon St. Segula Industrial Estate
49277 Petach Tikva
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PLASTIPOLIS
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 210 500
Dirección
180 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie Maison Des Entreprises
01115 Bellignat
Tipo de actividad
Other
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 319 562
Dirección
Paseo Castellana Num 141 Planta 18 Edificio Cuzco Iv
28046 Madrid
Tipo de actividad
Other