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Ultra - thin conductive ceramic mesh to monitor stress and wear on a steel surface

Objective

The aim of the project is the development of a pre-commercial prototype mould with built in continuous structural health monitoring. This will be achieved by carrying out research work appropriate for developing femtosecond laser metal processing techniques to produce smooth walled and depth-controlled grooves on metal parts. In these groves a TiN/Al2O3 composite will be sintered in a few micron thick layer that will work as a wave guide for high frequency pulsing. The measurements will be processed by an FPGA or appropriate dedicated DSP module, to give the user a real time indicator of the structural health of the metal part. If the steel surface gets damaged or is worn down through use, the ceramic grid will crack or become thinner and have increased resistance. Using a number of transducers the surface damage can be quantified and allow for preventive maintenance. The developed technology will be implemented and tested on high precision flanges used in machine construction and on moulds used for injection molding, and hence these will work as proof of concept. The technology could potentially also be used for real time health measurements on dyes for extrusion, in the automotive industry the technology can be applied to driveshaft’s, gears, break pads and a number of other areas where steel surfaces are subjected to continuous friction.
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Coordinator

UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS

Address

Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius

Lithuania

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 228 250

Administrative Contact

Linas Eriksonas (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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DANISH INNOVATION INSTITUTE A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 74 120

VILNIAUS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 353 400

F.A. Muggler Service A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 381 025

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 307 800

MATRICAN, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 115 000

BALTIJOS POLISTIRENAS UAB

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 127 400

PERA INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 338 005

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 229099

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 606 029

  • EU contribution

    € 1 925 000

Coordinated by:

UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS

Lithuania