Benefits for the environment, natural resources and economy with a new advanced technology for cooling metals
|Coordinator||Högskolan i Gävle - Akademin för Teknik och Miljö|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 3 900 000|
|Project duration||September 2017 - November 2021|
Purpose and goal
The project´s objective is a test bed consisting of broad combined expertise and physical test equipment to investigate, design, test and evaluate new cooling concepts that pave the way for industrial production of metallic products and components with improved properties and with reduced use of energy and finite raw materials in the manufacturing process. The physical test equipment has now been installed, competence and resources for measurements and numerical calculations have been built up, and the business has results in collaboration with the partner companies.
Expected results and effects
The test activities carried out in the project have verified that a cooling of metals that is controlled with high precision can provide products with increased performance optimized for the requirements set in various specific applications. The experience from the project is that the cooling technology can be adapted for steel companies, forges, foundries, and for the engineering industry´s manufacturing of components. The project has thus laid the foundation for an activity that has great potential to be gradually expanded to a very large range of applications.
Planned approach and implementation
Initially, the work had a strong focus on creating a functioning test organization comprising both equipment and competencies. The construction of industrial collaborations was initially focused on the steel industry, which was the industry where the idea of developing the cooling technology was born. Gradually, the work has since focused on strengthening and expanding the competence, improving the test equipment, and expanding the industrial contacts. The goal in the continued work is to expand the test bed market towards gradually more and more industries and application areas.