EFEVE Project

EFEVE Project has been funded under FP7 in the FoF. NMP.2012-7 call devoted to the topic of Innovative technologies for casting, material removing and forming processes and the consortium is composed of 5 SMEs, 7 large companies and 3 RTD institutions.

The project is focused on the development of new nanoreinforced aluminium and magnesium alloys as well as new processes that may be suitable for such materials.The investigation will approach two different families of nanoreinforcements and their corresponding technical challenges like broyeur vegetaux bosch.

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On the one hand the development of nanodiamonds and other carbon based nanoreinformcent to be incorporated into aluminium and magnesium alloys and on the other the problems related to the incorporation and agglomeration of nanooxides, nanocarbides and other nanometalic particles into these light alloys.

Another large part of the technical tasks will deal with the development of advanced high productivity manufacturing casting processes.Innovative production concepts will be applied to squeeze casting, low pressure and HPDC processes in order to develop new process variants that may offer higher productivity and quality ranges and to adapt them to the use of nanoreinforced materials.

Being a DEMO-type project the production of three final demonstrators belonging to the automotive, wind energy and constructions sectors is foreseen that should validate the work carried out in the RTD workpackages.

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Objectives

The main objective of the EFEVE project is to develop new manufacturing technologies for the production of cost effective nano compounds, development of advanced methods for the distribution and dispersion of nano compounds in aluminum and magnesium alloys, and new manufacturing casting processes for more energy efficiency and high flexibility. These developments will enable manufacture new components (automotive, wind power and construction) with high performance, reducing weigh, energy, costs and increasing flexibility.

The specific objectives of the project to reach the overall goal set by EFEVE are the following.

Project Structure

WP1: Project Management
To develop an effective and comprehensive administrative and financial management to ensure the successful execution of the EFEVE project.

WP2: Requirements Analysis and Specification of components
Definition of specifications of the selected components and different manufacturing processes as starting point to measure the performance of the EFEVE project.

WP3: Development of high performance new light weight reinforced with nanoalloys for low cost manufacturing
This work package deals with the production, cleaning, mixing and integration of nano-carbon (fullerenes, nanodiamons, carbon onions,…) and nano-element on light alloys; aluminium and magnesium.

WP4: High productivity Manufacturing Casting processes
To assess and validate at laboratory-scale the innovative manufacturing processes for selected nano-reinforced aluminum and magnesium casting alloys, including the optimum combination of the technologies, processes and parts identified for each one.

WP5: Al multisectorial application industry pilot LPSC plant
Validation at industrial site of innovative hybrid LPSC technologies for casting nano-reinforced aluminium alloys.

WP6: Mg Automotive application industry pilot SCMg plant
Validation of industrial manufacturing process employing squeeze casting technologies with nano-reinforced Mg alloys.

WP7: Monitoring and evaluation
To execute a detailed monitoring in order to verify the final performance of the constructed demonstrators. A detailed evaluation and analysis of the results will be carried out.

WP8: Integrated optimization and Life Cycle Assessment
Assessment of the economic and environmental improvements achieved in the project compared with the state of the art, including all the aspects, process and final uses, and integrate them in an holistic approach to the results of the project.

WP9: Dissemination and Exploitation
To ensure the maximum impact of EFEVE project through effective dissemination of the project results and to develop a structure to assure the continuity of EFEVE after the project end.