Recycled aluminium alloys for high temperature applications

Reference number
Coordinator RISE SWECAST AB - Swerea SWECAST AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 980 000
Project duration October 2017 - February 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Materialbaserad konkurrenskraft
Call Materialbaserad konkurrenskraft - 2017 vår

Purpose and goal

By developing aluminium Alloys for high temperatures this Project will contribute to the possibility of reducing weight on for example Engine Components or to increase effect output in Components with preserved weight. The Project will result in one or more recycled Alloys performing as good as or better than today´s alternatives at room temperature and increase mechanical properties by at least 20% at temperatures of 250 degrees.

Expected results and effects

Recycled aluminium has a favorable effect on energy efficiency during a product´s lifecycle since the need of energy intense primary metal is decreased which gives a lower environmental effect. Increased mechanical properties and castability gives competitiveness regarding the possiblity of reducing weight on Components used in high temperatures. Examples are hand-held tools or Automotive Components where weight is directly conncected to energy efficiency during use. For industry properties at high temperature are important, which increases the chance of implementation.

Planned approach and implementation

The Project is conducted in colaboration between material supplier, foundry, Component owner and researchers. Theoretical calculations as well as practical casting trials in laboratory and industry will be conducted in the work of alloy development. The material will be tested regarding mechanical and physical properties in order to make sure that the path to industrial use will be as short as possible. Castability and trade-off between performance and cost will be evaluated to make the Alloys attractive for industry.

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