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Development of gear drive trains based on new materials and novel gear systems

Objective

The 135.000 European SMEs of the mechanical transmission sector producers of gears and gearing products rely on traditional technologies and are characterized by a general conservatism. However over the years the end products in which the gears are used have become more complex and are pushing the state of the art in new technology. Thus the requirement for more sophisticated and reliable gears become extremely important. The gear industry has to implement major changes in gear design and gear fabrication techniques just to keep up with the changing needs of the end product. Moreover, the output of mechanical engineering equipment is growing much faster in China than in the Europe or USA. China is thus becoming a serious competitor for the European SMEs of the sector. In line with the strategic objectives of the associations of manufacturers of gears and mechanical transmission systems, the objective of X-Gear is the diffusion and the standardisation of novel technologies and new materials for a new generation of gears characterized by higher accuracy, resistance, reliability, and tribology properties. In this context X-GEAR plays a role in the competitiveness of European industry since aims to comply with the tighter and tighter requirements being put on t he gear industry for lighter weight, higher torque transmissions and quieter, more efficient gear trains. Research activities will be focused on an innovative combination of: - New surface treatments based on Flame Spraying, PVD and Laser Shot Peening; - New materials based on nano-powders (namely ultra-dispersed fine diamonds) for the production of ultra-resistant gears; - Manufacturing and design tools and knowledge platform implementing guidelines and best practices developed in the project, for a wider diffusion of the project results to the IAGs and their members

Coordinator

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
Genova

Italy

Administrative Contact

Donato ZANGANI (Mr)

Participants (22)

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BRITISH GEAR ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

AGORIA ASBL

Belgium

ASSOCIACAO DOS INDUSTRIAIS METALURGICOS, METALOMECANICOS E AFINS DE PORTUGAL

Portugal

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL UNION MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Bulgaria

ASSOCIAZIONE INDUSTRIALE DI MASSA CARRARA

Italy

ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE ENERGIA DEL VENTO

Italy

STOWARZYSZENIE INZYNIEROW I TECHNIKOW MECHANIKOW POLSKICH

Poland

HINDLE GROUP LTD.

United Kingdom

DG TECHNOLOGY SERVICE S.R.L.

Italy

CIM-MES PROJEKT SP. Z O.O.

Poland

TECNOGIDUE S.R.L.

Italy

BIERENS MACHINEFABRIEKEN B.V.

Netherlands

A. BRITO INDUSTRIA PORTUGUESA DE ENGRENAGENS S.A.

Portugal

DEFAWES '96, NV

Belgium

STAM S.R.L.

Italy

STRESSTECH OY

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

SPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

INSTITUTE OF PRECISION MECHANICS

Poland

GALBIATI GROUP S.RL.

Italy

DENDRIT LTD.

Bulgaria

TECHNOCONTACT INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Bulgaria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30433

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 697 094

  • EU contribution

    € 1 872 586

Coordinated by:

D'APPOLONIA SPA

Italy