"MAGnesium New Technological Opportunities"
A collaborative Research project funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) within the fourth call of the Programme “National Strategic Consortiums of Technical Research” (CENIT) coming under the framework of the INGENIO 2010 Spanish government initiative. The MAGNO programme is a national consortium -with a total budget of 30 M€ and 4 years of duration- integrated by 12 companies and 11 technological centres, coordinated by the Grupo Antolín, worldwide leader in the design and production of components and modules for cars. The project is aimed at development of new technologies based on Magnesium alloys.
Mg is an appealing material for structural applications in which weight reduction is a premium due to its low density (2/3 of aluminium and 1/4 of steel). The evolution of the automotive sector towards products with less environmental impact using lighter components is driving the market to use Mg as a raw material to manufacture different parts, and it can be foreseen that these developments will be extended to the aerospace and railway sectors.
IMDEA Materials Institute contribution to the project focuses mainly in two areas. The first one is the development of new Mg alloys susceptible of being manufactured by die casting with improved properties in three fields: mechanical behaviour (yield strength, energy absorption by impact and creep resistance), corrosion resistance and thermal conductivity. The second area will be the reinforcement of Mg alloys with particles (SiC, C) or fibers (C) to improve the wear resistance and the thermal conductivity.
Partners: National consortium integrated by 12 companies (4 large companies and 8 SMEs) and 11 technological centres
Funding Organisation: CDTI (CENIT Programme 2008) and National Consortium
Industrial Sector: Automotive
Project Period: 2008 – 2011
Principal Investigator: Prof. Javier Llorca / Dr. María Teresa Pérez-Prado
Contact: javier.llorca(AT)imdea.org / teresa.perez.prado(AT)imdea.org