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FRICTION OPTIMISATION OF SEALS THROUGH ADVANCED LASER SURFACE TEXTURING OF MOULDS

FRICTION OPTIMISATION OF SEALS THROUGH ADVANCED LASER SURFACE TEXTURING OF MOULDS

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON

Address

Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 717 062,50

Participants (9)

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GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 472 230

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 4 813

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 595 500

ORP STAMPI SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 567 766,25

ML ENGRAVING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 731 425

OPTIMAL OPTIK OPTIKAI KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 561 262,50

SKM AERONAUTICS LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 953 750

PLASTIPOLIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 210 500

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 319 562

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 768705

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 133 871,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 133 871,25

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON

Spain