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Nano-structured Aluminium Oxide Coatings

Objective

The objective of the proposed research is to develop improved functionality and new coating applications for aluminium anodisation processes in surface engineering. Project will advance recent innovations towards preparation of ordered nanoporous, nanostructured materials using anodisation methods and applying them to develop commercially relevant novel materials and address the market potential for these improved materials. The nanostructuring process is the growth, during the anodising process, of nanoporous films consisting of well-ordered pores of Anodic Al Oxide in hexagonally close-packed distribution with large aspect ratio. The concept of self-assembly is not yet implemented in actual anodising Al processes due to a number of bottle-necks; project aims at developing pilot line equipment and methodologies enabling to overcome them. The objective is to solve actual market needs by achieving the single stage treatment and industrial evaluation of nanostructured aluminium alloys. The overall research methodology of the Nanocoat project will follow a progression from detailed laboratory studies through scale-up to applications testing on industrial aluminium grades under industrial relevant conditions, to evaluate their structural and functional characteristics, the reproducibility of the process, and to deliver to end-users suitable test structures as predemonstrators. It is expected that on controlling the formation of the anodised nano-size cell structures on aluminium it will be possible to achieve novel performance in terms of adherence, wettability, corrosion and wear, and adsorption/absorption properties. The scope of applications is very large in the field of surface engineering. The specific anodising markets to be addressed during the project are concerned with improved functionality and new coatings for traditional anodisation processes. In addition, new markets will be assessed, which are based on the enhanced performance of these coatings.
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Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PLATING AND MATERIALS

Address

Rue Ampere 67
75017 Paris

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 329 448,08

Administrative Contact

Pascal Négré (Mr.)

Participants (7)

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Protection des Métaux SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 331 917

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 19 936,37

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 19 936,37

Env-Aqua Solutions Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 612,91

ASHTON & MOORE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 121 039

FALEX TRIBOLOGY NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 102 173,90

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 19 936,37

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262078

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 516 433,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 144 000

Coordinated by:

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PLATING AND MATERIALS

France

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