Development and industrialization of high performing aluminium components in extreme environment

Reference number
Coordinator RISE SWECAST - Swerea SWECAST AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 000 000
Project duration December 2016 - March 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture The strategic innovation programme for lightweight
Call 2016-02904-en

Purpose and goal

This project aims to enable increased use of aluminium in structural lightweight components that often are subjected to extreme strains in for example aeroplane engines. The goals in this Project are to produce two demonstrators showing a weight saving potential of at least 20 %, raise the TRL from 4 to at least 5 in investment cast A205, to introduce the material in permanent mould casting, to characterize high temperature and fatigue properties for this alloy regarding different wall thicknesses and solidification process and to produce models for simulation of heat treatment.

Expected results and effects

The Project is expected to have effect on decreased environmental stress by implemented lightweight technology in new applications, to create possibilities for growth in Swedish industry by unique competence and thereby increased competitiveness and the Project will also act to disseminate technology to different branches and use eachother´s comptences and experiences in order to enable faster implementation in Commercial Products.

Planned approach and implementation

The Project is coordinated by Swerea SWECAST and has four technical workpackages; heat treatment studies, material modeling and simulation of heat treatment, castability and casting methods and also Surface treatment. The workpackages are managed by representatives from industry, University and research institute. The representatives from aircraft industry and foundry with Automotive applications will participate in all workpackages to ensure Exchange of experience and dissemination of knowledge and information.

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