World class material
|Coordinator||Swerim AB - Swerim AB, Kista|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||November 2018 - November 2019|
|Venture||Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling|
|Call||Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling - 2018|
Purpose and goal
The purpose of the project is to test a manufacturing technique for creating high performance lightweight materials with better fatigue strength, longer life cycles and fabricated with less material input than conventional methods. The goal is to integrate carbon fibers with a metal matrix using additive manufacturing to produce a fiber reinforced metal (CFR-MMC).
Expected results and effects
The expectation is that the industry will see opportunities in fiber reinforced metal and this can significantly change design, manufacture and development and promote a society that contributes to a sustainable future. The material can open new opportunities for several industrial segments, and the applications are many in areas such as urban construction, vehicles and airplanes. This can lead to an comprehensive paradigm shift in the construction of load carrying structures, in terms of performance as well as material usage and weight.
Planned approach and implementation
The fiber-reinforced metal manufacturing technique will be powder bed based, integrating fibers together with the powder. The process will begin by studying fiber fixation, focusing on the amount of fibers that should be included, fiber orientation, and how these should be added practically. Then additive manufacturing will be carried out with two different AM techniques. In both cases, the focus will be on parameter settings for best integration. Then bend test and simple metallographic investigation will be done.