In-Situ-Cast

Project Name: In-Situ-Cast – Candidatura 033417
Project Code: POCI-01-0247-Feder-033417

Main Objective: Strengthen research, technological development and innovation.
Region of Intervention: North
Beneficiary Entity: FERESPE – Fundição Ferro e Aço,Lda e Universidade do Porto

Approval Date: 17-07-2018
Start Date: 01-09-2018
End Date: 30-08-2020
Total Elegible Costs: 283.102,81€
European Union Finance Support: 197.781,18€ FEDER

Goals, activities and expected/achieved results

Goals:
This project is in line with the growth strategy, competitiveness reinforcement and internationalization of Ferespe, through the development of differentiated and high added value products for the niche markets: “Construction machinery–Offshore and Onshore” e “Dredging equipment–Offshore and Onshore”. It is intended to be developed a new group of materials: composites with metallic matrix (MMC) reinforced with ceramic particles produced in-situ or ex-situ or reinforced with a ceramic foam, for the production of complex geometry components with high tribologic characteristics.

Activities
Selection and preparation of ceramic reinforcements; Production of samples; Macro and microstructural characterization; Chemical and mechanical characterization; Prototypes fabrication; Use of best methodology on other base materials; Results dissemination.

Results
–  Increase in 30% the hardness and double the wear resistance of the components;
– Selection of ceramics for the correct fabrication of reinforcements for three selected base materials: high-chromium cast iron; austenitic stainless steel and structural steel;
– Stablish the reinforcements processing conditions (compacted; pellet and foams) on the sand castings and investment castings processes;
– Stablish the relation between the components geometry and reinforcement application;
– Design and fabricate three prototypes on the new developed materials;
– Create knowledge to extend the industrialization of these new solutions to other markets/clients.