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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON
Address
Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 717 062,50

Participants (9)

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 472 230
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 4 813
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 595 500
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
ORP STAMPI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 567 766,25
Address
Via Colognola 1/B
24060 Viadanica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ML ENGRAVING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 731 425
Address
Via Presolana 114
24020 Onore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OPTIMAL OPTIK OPTIKAI KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 561 262,50
Address
Dayka Gabor Utca 6B
1118 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SKM AERONAUTICS LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 953 750
Address
24 Nachshon St. Segula Industrial Estate
49277 Petach Tikva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PLASTIPOLIS
France
EU contribution
€ 210 500
Address
180 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie Maison Des Entreprises
01115 Bellignat
Activity type
Other
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 319 562
Address
Paseo Castellana Num 141 Planta 18 Edificio Cuzco Iv
28046 Madrid
Activity type
Other