"Physical processing of molten light alloys under the influence of external fields"
The core concept of the ExoMet project involves developing new liquid metal processing techniques coupled with external fields. These techniques will revolutionise microstructure control in metallic alloys and their composites, and allow for properties not reachable by conventional processing routes and compositions. The metals of greatest interest in this proposal are light alloys of magnesium and aluminium, although it should be appreciated that the proposed methods will also be of high value to other alloy systems in the future (e.g. titanium, copper, steel, cobalt, nickel, zinc, intermetallics, high entropy alloys, bulk metallic glasses etc). The use of external fields (electromagnetic, ultrasonic and intensive mechanical shearing) to disperse novel grain refiners and nanoparticle reinforcers into melts and the subsequent solidification of light alloy nanocomposites are key topics to be tackled in ExoMet.
This EU funded project is coordinated by the European Space Agency and brings together 26 Companies, Universities and Research Centers from 13 different countries.
IMDEA Materials contribution will focus on the study of the microstructure-processing-deformation relationship including the high temperature behavior, both at the macro- and microscopic levels.
Partners: ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH (DE), AVIO S.p.A (IT), Brabant Alucast International B.V. (NL), Brunel University (GB), Calcom ESI (CH), Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (IT), EADS Deutschland GmbH (DE), European SPace Agency – Physical Science Unit (NL), GIE EADS CCR (FR), Grenoble Institute of Technology (FR), IMDEA-Materials (ES), INASMET Tecnalia San Sebastián (ES), London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co. Ltd. (GB), Norsk Hydro ASA (NO), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), Politecnico di Torino (IT), PRECER AB (SE), Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU), Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Advanced Risk Technologies (R-Tech) (DE), The University of Queensland (AU), Tomsk State University (RU), Université de Rouen, Sciences et Techniques (FR), University of Birmingham (GB), University of Greenwich (GB), University of Manchester (GB), Volvo Technology Corporation (SE)
Funding Organization: European Union, 7th Framework Programme (Cooperation, NMP Theme)
Project Period: 2012 – 2016
Principal Investigator: Drs. Jon Molina and Teresa Pérez-Prado
Contact: jon.molina(AT)imdea.org, teresa.perez.prado(AT)imdea.org