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Accelerated Metallurgy - the accelerated discovery of alloy formulations using combinatorial principles

Accelerated Metallurgy - the accelerated discovery of alloy formulations using combinatorial principles

Objective

"The core concept of Accelerated Metallurgy is to deliver an integrated pilot-scale facility for the combinatorial synthesis and testing of many thousands of unexplored alloy formulations. This facility would be the first of its kind in the world and would represent a significant advance for metallurgy. The novel technology that enables this HTT facility is based on automated, direct laser deposition (DLD). The key feature of this technology is the way in which a mixture of elemental powders is accurately and directly fed into the laser's focal point, heated by the laser beam, and deposited on a substrate in the form of a melt pool, which finally solidifies to create a unique fully-dense alloy button with precise stoichiometry. This robotic alloy synthesis is 1000 times faster than conventional manual methods. Once produced, these discrete mm-sized samples are submitted to a range of automated, standardised tests that will measure chemical, physical and mechanical properties. The vast amount of information will be recorded in a ""Virtual Alloy Library"" and coupled with computer codes such as neural network models, in order to extract and map out the key trends linking process, composition, structure and properties. The most promising alloy formulations will be further tested, patented and exploited by the 20 end-users. Industrial interests include: (i) new lightweight fuel-saving alloys (<4.5 g/cm3) for aerospace and automotive applications; (ii) new higher-temperature alloys (stable>1000°C) for rockets, gas turbines, jet-engines, nuclear fusion; (iii) new high-Tc superconductor alloys (>30K) that can be wire-drawn for electrical applications; (iv) new high-ZT thermoelectric alloys for converting waste heat directly into electricity; (v) new magnetic and magnetocaloric alloys for motors and refrigeration; and (vi) new phase-change alloys for high-density memory storage. The accelerated discovery of these alloy formulations will have a very high impact on society."

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Address

Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 706 929,55

Administrative Contact

Tove Lillian Hønstad (Ms.)

Participants (33)

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EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY

France

EU Contribution

€ 131 098

INSTITUT MAX VON LAUE - PAUL LANGEVIN

France

EU Contribution

€ 221 419

UNITED KINGDOM ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 181 096

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 236,20

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 196 842

AVIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 86 928,46

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 221 498

ONDERZOEKSCENTRUM VOOR AANWENDING VAN STAAL NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 138 129

MAGNESIUM ELEKTRON LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 2 323

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 147 632

BRUKER EAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 117 760

MOLYCORP SILMET AS

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 118 106

NORSK TITANIUM AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 295 634

TLS TECHNIK GMBH & CO. SPEZIALPULVER KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 371 542

RENISHAW PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 799 182

GRANTA DESIGN LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 602 944

avantys engineering GmbH & Co. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 259

Strategisch Initiatief Materialen

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 352 876

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 497 976

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 201 406

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 519 174

UNIVERSITE DE ROUEN NORMANDIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 371 542

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 292 760

AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 295 265

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 371 542

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 599 354

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 598 879

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 371 483

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 588 968,25

Monash University

Australia

MTT TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 119 640

GE AVIO SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 109 576,54

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263206

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    15 June 2011

  • End date

    14 June 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 295 937,20

  • EU contribution

    € 12 250 000

Coordinated by:

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway