Tailored photocatalytic purification systems for industrial and municipal waters
Duration: 1.6.2016 - 31.8.2018
The disinfection of water for drinking water production is one of the most important requisite of today’s society. The consortium aims to introduce to the market an innovative, chemical-free, highly efficient and economic water purification solution, in which a powerful photocatalytic oxidation is generated by UV light and a semiconductor (TiO2) interaction.
Reactive Atmospheric Plasma processIng – eDucation network
Duration: 1.10.2013 - 30.9.2017
RAPID is an interdisciplinary initial training network (ITN) at the intersection of chemistry, physics and engineering aimed particularly at the development of non-equilibrium reactive processes in atmospheric pressure plasmas.
Industrial innovations based on EU intellectual property assets in the field of atmospheric plasma technology
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2016
The IP4Plasma project aims to bridge the gap between IPR protected laboratory-scale innovations in the field of atmospheric pressure plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition (AP-PA-CVD) technology and its industrial implementation for advanced surface treatment and nano-scale coating of materials. This will be done by demonstrating the suitability of the technology for existing and new industrial applications in the medical products and diagnostics sector.
Life Green Plasma
Green plasma process technology for manufacturing of flexible electronics
Duration: 1.7.2013 - 31.12.2016
Main objective of the Life Green Plasma (APG-CVD plasma) project is to demonstrate and disseminate to European Industrial Community a new environmental friendly process technology for manufacturing of flexible electronic components. This innovative technology platform has the promise to substitute traditional vacuum PE-CVD technology, substitution affects reduction of raw material (precursor) usage and CO2 emissions with more than 90%.
Life time increase of tools for fine blanking operations by optimized tool materials and coating system
Duration: 1.8.2013 - 31.1.2016
The aim of the project is the development of PVD tool coatings to improve the service lifetime of blanking and punching tools for heavy duty applications. It includes a study of heat treatment as well as cryogenic cold treatment to obtain a stable wear-resistant structure of the steel substrates.
Ionized magnetron sputtering of CrN for improved corrosion and wear resistance on complex tools and components
Duration: 1.1.2014 – 31.12.2015
Hard chrome electroplating processes faces a ban in the future due to serious health and environmental risks when using Cr6+ compounds during processing. Chromium Nitride (CrN) coatings deposited by non-hazardous Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) could serve as a very good alternative. Drawbacks of the common PVD techniques are the limited thickness of the coating which has a negative effect on corrosion resistance and the typical line-of-sight processing which implies rotation of the substrates for good conformal coating thickness. The new “ionized PVD technology” (iPVD) enables to overcome the mentioned drawbacks of the PVD technique by pulsed power sputtering. By combining the expertise of Sirris and Fraunhofer on different iPVD and hybrid processes, this project aims at increasing the deposition rate to 80% of the traditional PVD process with a focus on a breakthrough industrial uptake of the technology. Demonstration of the developed high rate and high performance coatings directly on industrial tools and components will give the SMEs the essential knowledge on technical and economic feasibility to start business development and technology transfer.
Alternative coatings to cadmium and hard chromium with potential for second generation developments
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2015
Due to the European directive on chemicals (REACh), cadmium and hard chromium (VI) coatings, produced from highly toxic and carcinogenic baths, are to be replaced by “green” solutions until 2016. The present project aims at preparing the second generation of environmentally-compliant coatings for steel components in the aeronautic sector. Different coating processes and materials will be investigated and combined for optimum results:
- Substitutes for cadmium coatings: Al-Mn based coatings, produced by thermal spraying, galvanic deposition PVD and CVD techniques
- Substitutes for hard chromium coatings: thermal spraying of carbides embedded in a “green” Co-free matrix and via thin film techniques generating carbide, nitride and DLC coatings.
Computer Aided Process Refinement for Intelligent Coatings
Duration: 1.7.2013 – 31.10.2015
Reactive magnetron sputtering is a key technology for high quality functional coatings. A broad range of technical applications on various substrates (glass, metal and plastic) includes large area products such as architectural and automotive glazing, energy management and construction, photovoltaics but also smart functional products such as transparent displays, high-precision optical filters, or photo catalytically active layers. All involved technical applications are characterized by an increasing complexity of coated products and at the same time by increased demands on precision and throughput.
As a result, the development of competitive products requires to control coating technology not only in terms of film thickness homogeneity and stoichiometry but also with respect to intrinsic film properties such as crystalline phase composition, photo catalytic activity, density, elastic and wear properties, refractive index or surface morphology.
Within this project, a “virtual PVD coater” simulation model will be established by combining competences in simulating film structure formation with modeling low-pressure plasma physics of three research groups, and with the association of a research center focused on the experimental synthesis and evaluation of coatings. The developed package will be generic, and among possible coatings, the reference one will be TiO2 because of its numerous applications and high interest.
Sensorized Future - Sensing of temperature and pressure in harsh environments
Duration: 1.1.2013 - 30.06.2015
The in-situ and real-time capture of process data offers tremendous possibilities for many industrial processes and applications. Process data can be used to get a deeper understanding of the many manufacturing processes with the consequence of an increased performance and lifetime of the manufacturing devices. Durable, heavy-duty sensor coatings offer the potential for an ideal solution to these problems.
Inside Coated Pipes, Development of a cost-effective production technology for inside coated pipes with high fouling resistance
Duration: 1.4.2012 - 28.2.2015
Fouling represents a serious technical and inherent economical problem in the production, in all the areas of the process industry, like petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industry. Especially pipes are affected for transporting liquids or gases, e.g. cooling water, acids, crude oils, polymers, foodstuffs, suspensions, vapours or exhaust gases. The target of the project is to develop a cost effective process to apply antifouling coating on the inside of pipes.
Sustainable Cleaning and Disinfection in Fresh-Cut Food Industries
Duration: 1.1.2012 - 31.12.2014
SUSCLEAN will contribute to the development and implementation of a new generation of environment-friendly equipment sanitation and food product decontamination technologies ensuring food safety.
Oxide Materials Towards a Matured Post-silicon Electronics Era
Duration: 1.10.2010 - 30.9.2014
ORAMA addresses the urgent industrial need to develop new high performance multifunctional oxide based electronic materials that have the potential to catapult the electronics industry into a new era of growth.
Process and material research for ultra-stable antireflective coatings on glass
Duration: 1.9.2011 - 31.8.2013
The main objective of NoScratch is to develop innovative thin film materials as well as an innovative thin film technology for the production of ultra-stable anti-reflective coatings on glass or sapphire substrates.
Highly Ionised Pulse Plasma processes, COST Action MP0804
Duration: 25.6.2009 - 25.6.2013
Plasma technology today is a key technology for tailored surfaces. Especially new technologies of Highly Ionised Pulse Plasma processes (HIPP processes) bear an enormous potential for manufacturing coatings with properties exceeding those of state of the art by far. Improvement will be available in the fields of Photovoltaics, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive, Aerospace, Tribology, Decoration, Displays, Tools, etc. Thus lifetime, reliability, fuel consumption, performance, and cost in the named applications can be improved significantly.
Clean and resource efficient buildings for real life
Duration: 1.11.2008 - 31.10.2012
Clear-up aims to reduce energy use in existing buildings using environmentally sustainable components. It will deliver comfortable homes and workplaces at a cost that we and the environment can afford. Our primary needs in a building are for light, temperature and fresh air. Clear-up is responding to these demands using both natural and technological solutions.
Highly ionised pulsed plasma PVD deposition of MaxPhase on contact housings
Duration: 1.11.2009 - 31.10.2012
Electric contact housings demand much higher robustness and have a more complex geometry than connectors for consumer electronics. Novel PVD processes with highly ionised plasma (HiPIMS, MPP) have shown the potential to deposit uniform coatings of high quality on complex shapes. The overall goal of the project is to realize a novel industrial ionised physical vapour deposition process technology substituting conventional chromate containing coat-ings for electric contact housings, made of both metallic and plastic substrates.
Macro, Micro and Nano Aspects of Machining
Duration: 1.9.2008 - 31.8.2012
The MaMiNa project will combine the work of 19 European universities, research institutions and industrial companies to analyse and improve machinability of three selected alloys that are widely used in industry, namely, Ti15V3Cr3Al3Sn (a titanium-based beta-alloy), Inconel IN706 (a nickel-based superalloy) and X40 (a cobalt-based alloy).
Increase of Productivity, Safety, Greenness and Cleanliness in the Machining of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites
Duration: 1.6.2009 - 31.5.2011
The main objective of ASPIRATE is to develop an innovative technology for machining carbon and glass fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP and GFRP) parts based on the internal extraction of the produced chip and dust particles through the whole machining system (cutting tool, tool holder, spindle), avoiding all the external devices and suction pumps used nowadays, which reduce the flexibility and leave an unclean part (they do not achieve a complete chip/dust extraction), with the consequent risk for the operator’s health and machine’s components.
Integrated design and product development for the eco-efficient production of low-weight aeroplane equipment
Duration: 1.1.2004 - 31.3.2007
The project aims at substituting aircraft components like seat frames and electronic casings by cast magnesium parts. Since there is a lack of knowledge on characteristics and advantages of Mg-alloys and a lack of approved standards for Mg-components, the project will inform aviation designers on usability of Mg-alloys and contribute to standardisation.
Leakless vertebral reposition therapy
Duration: 1.9.2006 - 30.11.2008
Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, currently affecting nearly 200 million individuals worldwide. Our aim is to improve the treatment of the most common of all osteoporotic fractures: the Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF).
Industrial implementation of MaxPhase coatings as substitute for gold as electric contact material
Duration: 1.12.2006 - 31.5.2009
Traditionell werden weiche Metalle wie Gold, Silber oder Zinn als Beschichtung für elektrische Kontakte eingesetzt. Die Hauptfunktion der Basismetalle ist die Leitung des elektrischen Stromes bei einem geringen Widerstand. Die Hauptfunktion der Beschichtungen besteht in der Realisierung eines geringen Kontaktwiderstandes und der Vermeidung von Oxidation und Korrosion. Leider versagen Goldkontakte hauptsächlich auf Grund von Kontamination, Korrosion oder abrasivem Verschleiß. Neue Untersuchungen zeigen, dass ternäre Verbindungen von Ti3SiC2 (sogenannte MaxPhasen) sowohl ausgezeichnete mechanische Eigenschaften, als auch elektrische Eigenschaften besitzen, ebenso wie eine thermische und chemische Beständigkeit. Ziel des Vorhabens ist es, Goldkontakte durch MaxPhase-Schichten für elektrische Kontakte zu ersetzen. Dazu soll die Beschichtungstechnologie von MaxPhase-Schichten in ein Stadium überführt werden, indem es den Anforderungen für elektrische Kontakte der Industrie genügt. Hierzu werden Randbedingungen wie Substratmaterial, Substratgeometrie, Herstellungsverfahren und Umfeld/Einsatzgebiet für verschiedene Applikationen untersucht.
Knowledge Based Functional Surfaces and Films
Duration: 1.2.2003 - 31.8.2003
SURFILM will study RTD issues related to industrial competitiveness and sustainable growth as a result of specific emerging technologies in the area of Surface Technology. The project will classify knowledge-based surfaces and films and propose European areas of R&D; map Centers of Excellence for knowledge based surfaced and films, involved in scientific, technological and industrial activities.
3rd Generation Optical Coatings for large Area Architectureal Glazing
Duration: 1.1.2003 - 31.12.2005
There is considerable interest in high performance temperable low E coatings to decrease the U-value of vacuum glazing to approx. 1/3 of U-value obtained for conventional DGUs. The key technology necessary to achieve these goals is the technology of large area magnetron sputtering from ceramic targets. This allows for deposition of new materials such as complex ternary and quaternary spinell type layers, which cannot be deposited using conventional reactive processes. We will investigate into the material science and process technology for deposition of ultra durable spinell type layers, which are the key components for the deposition of temperable low E coatings.
Flexible Polymer Light Emitting Displays
Duration: 1.4.2002 - 30.6.2004
The ultimate goal of the FLEXled project is to demonstrate reliable flexible displays (RGB colour passive matrix) for consumer electronics applications, based on polymer light emitting diodes (PLED). The displays will be enabled by: new flexible substrate materials: transparent, hermetic to water/oxygen, with excellent transparent conductors. Processing of PLED on flexible substrates, including hermetic encapsulation, yielding reliable displays (long lifetime). Testing of the displays (performance, lifetime); measuring, modelling and understanding substrate materials properties (e.g. permeation, mechanics) and their limits. Integration of the flexible matrix displays demonstrators with driver integrated circuits.
Abrasion and Wear Testing of Coatings by Ball Cratering
Duration: 1.3.2001 - 28.2.2004
The take up of wear resistant coatings by European industry would be enhanced by meeting the need for a robust and reliable standardized wear test for wear resistant coatings. This project will achieve this goal and will thereby help European industry to improve their product design and performance to meet the challenge from international competition. The project will develop the emerging ball cratering (micro-abrasion) test and will draft a standard for the use of this test for submission to the relevant CEN committee. The standard will include agreed test procedures and specifications for the test. The project will evaluate different variants of the test system, examine the effect of changes in test parameters on test results, develop measurement and analysis methods, and will validate the reproducibility and repeatibility of the test.