Description

Production of two phase low cost functional gradient recyclable wear resistant Cast Iron products

The main focus of OPTICAST is a technique that uses special inserts to create local alloy composition within the cast. This local zone is normally in thickness of 3 to 8 mm and normally located near the surface. The technique referred to as OPTICAST uses the heat energy from the melt itself to create third material from chemical components in the melt and insert, and therefore no additional heat treatment is normally necessary to obtain the desired properties.

This project will provide a more efficient and environmentally friendly method to produce functional gradient material such as wear resistant cast iron which is hard only in strategic locations and softer and more machinable elsewhere, creating a more flexible product in a one step process. This will contribute greatly towards the increased competitiveness in a wide range of European SMEs in a wide scope of industries, through the development of export and licensing opportunities outside of Europe.

 It will also contribute towards a range of EU environmental policies including end of life regulation, using only a fraction of the rare and heavy metals used by current methods to obtain similar lifetime. The use of OPTICAST will produce fully recyclable materials in all common recycling technologies.

Goals and objectives

The aim is to provide a more environmentally friendly and cost effective method to produce wear resistant cast iron which has enhanced wear resistance only in strategic locations and softer and more machinable elsewhere, creating a more flexible product in a one step process.  A technological solution such as OPTICAST, which produces a better and differentiated product that is of low environmental impact and lower cost gives an increased value to both foundries, customer industries and the society.

The market is in need for improved low cost high resistant, safe, environment-friendly, recyclable and functional gradient wear resistant cast iron products.