New technology for powder metallurgy

Tecnalia leads EFFIPRO (Energy EFFIcient PROcess of Engineering Materials) project, which shows a new manufacturing process using powder metallurgy. The main aim of this project is to develop a significantly shorter PM process using a new concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering and hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.

In addition, higher performance metallic composites (based on hard metals) and engineering metallic materials will be processed. Tools for machining operations will be produced and two types of parts machined: one for the aerospace sector and the other for the automotive sector.

The use of this new technology will shorten the PM processing time and produce materials with enhanced properties (hardness, toughness and lifetime). In addition, significant reductions in energy consumption will be achieved during the sintering process. The cost of this new technology is expected to be in the same range or lower than the current industrial processes.

The objectives are: to introduce new materials to the market and help industry overcome the technical difficulties in their manufacturing processes;to reduce costs;to complete a life-cycle analysis (LCA);to reduce by 25% the number of rejected parts;to reduce waste materials and increase the use of recycled materials by 10%.

Author
Justin Cunningham

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