The HIPERMAT project aims to develop new refractory stainless steels, high entropy alloys and ceramic coatings for applications in hot stamping furnaces. These new materials are expected to drastically increase the life-time of the furnace components and reduce the number of maintenance stops, leading to higher productivity, significantly reduced energy consumption for spare part manufacturing, and improved competitiveness of European process industry.
QuesTek Europe will contribute to the HIPERMAT project with expert knowledge in materials modelling, simulations and design. Materials microstructure and property models will be validated in collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and lay the foundation for the development of new materials. QuesTek Europe will also work together with ESI Software to connect materials and process models as a step towards a computational materials and process design framework.
Ida Berglund, Managing Director of QuesTek Europe, commented: “We are looking forward to this opportunity to support European industry, and we believe that using a materials-based approach to improve efficiency is a crucial step towards a sustainable production- and manufacturing industry. Expected outcomes from this project should provide broad commercial and societal benefits.”
The HIPERMAT project consortium consists of 14 members, ranging from academia to furnace manufacturers: Fundación Azterlan, QuesTek Europe, ESI Software Germany, SVUM, AMPO S. Coop., GESTAMP Louny, Advanced Coatings & Construction Solutions, GHI Hornos Industriales, Fraunhofer Zentrum Hochtemperatur, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Fundacio Eurecat, Asociacion Centro Technologico CEIT-IK4, Rina Consulting – Centro Sviluppo Materiali, and Calcom ESI. HIPERMAT is a 3-year project valued at €5.36 million.
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