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Durable and clean nanocomposite coatings for the car of tomorrow (NANOMAG)

Project ID: G1RD-CT-2002-00692
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH


This project summary is one of a series featured in the nanotechnology projects showcase on CORDIS:

Magnesium alloys will be a "must" in the near future to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution, as they will play a key role to reach the lower weight targets set by the automotive and aeronautical industries. Today, a broader use of magnesium is constrained by its susceptibility to corrosion.As a consequence, there is a growing need for European transportation companies to combine efforts, within and across industrial sectors, to develop appropriate surface finishing. The serious environmental problems arising from the use of today�s environmentally critical treatment like chromate-based conversion coatings make it urgent to develop "clean" solutions for the European citizen.

Consequently, there is a need to develop new environmentally friendly coatings with enhanced corrosion, and abrasion resistance for the protection of magnesium parts, by using clean and economic processes. This will enable the widespread use of light magnesium alloys and the replacement of the hazardous coating processes that are used at present for the different applications of magnesium parts in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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