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Project ID: 686165

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY (Injection moulding, casting and coating PILOTS for the production of improved components with nano materials for automotive, construction and agricultural machinery.)

Reporting period: 2015-11-01 to 2017-04-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Proposing different solutions based on KETS such as nanotechnology, advanced materials and advance manufacturing, IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY project contributes to overcome the barriers that nano-materials are currently facing to get introduced in the market.

Technologies and strategies developed in previous FP6 and FP7 are implemented in three innovative PILOTS (ESTCRATCH, HARDcast and TRIBOnano) that will effectively manufacture new performance-enhance components, integrating safe-by-design approaches into all the development stages.

In ESTCRATCH Pilot, nanoreinforced thermoplastic based on masterbatches and inserts for injection moulds with nanotextured surfaces are used to produce innovative aesthetic parts for the automotive sector with both excellent mechanical properties and appearance, and light, weathering and scratch resistance (+50% material resistance, -20% component cost, improved recyclability, greener production process, more colour and functionality).

In HARDCAST Pilot, nano-reinforcements are added and dispersed via master-pellets. It is a new, low cost and safe gravity casting process concept to cast metallic components with improved durability and wear resistance (+15% component efficiency, -15% of power losses, +15% of wear/temperature).

In TRIBONANO Pilot, nanostructured powders for metallic cermet coatings and thermal spray technology for solid state deposition are combined to have more durable metallic parts in a more efficient way (+10% wear resistance, -20% of costs associated to the finishing of the component, -15% mechanical friction losses, -15% of material used).
The project addresses the automotive sector and construction and agricultural machinery one and aims at validating the pilots by the production of related components (B-pillar, Swash and Valve plates).


IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY is also supported by the governments of the regions where the PILOTS will be installed as it addresses an innovation action in line with their RIS-3 Smart Specialization Strategy.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The activity carried out by the consortium in the period encompassing months 1-18, i.e. November 2015- April 2017 has fully complied with the proposed tasks described in the DoA.
There have not been major issues that have altered the normal progress of the project. It can be mentioned the need to advance Task 4.2 by month 4 instead of month 19 due to the risk of delay in the setting up of one of the pilots (TRIBOnano). This pilot should be created from scratch and thus different actions (advance of some tasks, collaboration between partners and partners facilities,…) have been proposed during this period to mitigate the risk of delay of any activity directly related with this pilot in the following months.
Active workpackages (WP) in this period have been all except the WP5.

Main results achieved so far based on the initial list of objectives for the period:
· Develop a document with concise reference to the project management structure, tasks, responsibilities and procedures at all levels of project execution. Documentation and communication standards for a quick and effective communication with the project consortium (WP1).
· Set-up a collaborative platform to maintain all the partners fully informed about planning, work in progress and existing or potential problems, so as to support them to achieve IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY goals. (WP1).
· Monitor the project technical/scientific progress, as well as to manage and control administrative and financial aspects. (WP1).
· Define the specifications for pilot products to be made in WP5; B-pillar, Valve plate and Swash plate. (WP2).
· Describe and analyse the current process technologies in relation to the pilot products. (WP2).
· Define how to benchmark pilot products against current solutions. (WP2)
· Develop a master-pellet concept to be tested in the foundry environment. (WP3)
· Develop nanostructured coatings through a cold spray technology (HVOAF). (WP3)
· Develop a masterbatch with high percentage of (nano)additives (>20%) for improving injected thermoplastics. (WP3)
· Develop nanotextured inserts for enhance aesthetic properties on injected thermoplastics. (WP3)
· Analyse the potential of the Bulk Metallic Glasses as material for nanotextured inserts. (WP3)
· Start the design and fabrication of the installation for nanostructured coating (TRIBOnano pilot). (WP4).
· Produce a preliminary methodological handbook for Safe by Design and Management of health, safety and environmental issues. (WP6)
· Identify market demand for project results. (WP7)
· Analyse the IPR patent landscape at European and worldwide level. (WP7)
· Provide a first version of Preliminary Exploitation Plan. (WP7)
· Develop a Project Sales Brochure. (WP7)
· Follow up the organization of the Business Plan Development Seminar (supported by EC) (WP7)
· Develop a first mapping of the technological, EHS, implementation and exploitation risks that the project may face during its development. (WP7)
· Develop communication material and promote at national and EU level project contents and progresses as well as among both scientific and industrial communities. (WP8)

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Attached the table with the summary of the progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact of the technologies is provided.

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