Lead-Free Copper Alloys in Products and Components
|Coordinator||Lunds universitet - Institutionen för maskinteknologi|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 4 800 000|
|Project duration||September 2013 - February 2017|
|Venture||The strategic innovation programme for Production2030|
|Call||Strategiska innovationsprogrammet Produktion - Industriförankrade utvecklingsprojekt hösten 2013|
Purpose and goal
The project primarily has two goals. The first goal is to drastically reduce the use of lead in society. By showing how lead-free Cu alloys can be manufactured efficiently and knowledge adaptation for dissemination to SMEs, the project has reach this goal, although with a short time delay. The second goal, becoming leading in Europe on the manufacturing of lead-free Cu alloy components, is hard to quantify but significant progress has been made in this direction.
Expected results and effects
The project has already resulted in a new group of products manufactured in low-lead brass. This development is expected to continue as current research show that commercial production in these materials are possible. Even though the manufacturing cost for low-lead products initially will be substantially higher than for equivalent lead-containing products, the added customer value of an environmentally friendly product is expected to warrant a slightly higher sales price.
Planned approach and implementation
The project implementation has been divided into three distinct parts dependent on workpiece material; oxygen-free copper, bronze and brass, where each material posed different problems and conditions for sustainable production with low lead contents. Cooperation with the Lead-Free Brass project funded by Mistra has resulted in substantial positive synergy effects.