Improving product functionality through development of new reinforced coating materials - Steel sector application.
This project has received funding from Innovate UK under Project Reference: 104768
Engineering components usually fail when the surface cannot adequately withstand the external forces or environment to which it is subjected. The choice of a surface material, with the appropriate thermal properties and sufficient resistance to wear, corrosion and degradation, is crucial to its functionality. The interaction between solidifying metal the mould during continuous casting has a critical influence on this.
The project aims to improve the functionality of an existing product and to develop a new class of reinforced mould coating materials with the aid of nanotechnology.
The project will support continuous cast products in the steel industry where the use of moulds is a significant issue in terms of productivity and cost, high rate of wear and high temperature oxidation of the moulds. The project will investigate how to provide a coating solution that can offer superior billet properties at high casting speeds, for a longer time and with consistent product quality throughout the steel production campaign.
This will benefit UK steel plants through reduced steel production costs and improved steel quality. The project will also benefit the steel supply chain through increased productivity and will add value to downstream industries such as construction, mechanical equipment, automotive, metal products, shipbuilding and trains through steel product quality improvements and lower costs. Broader industry benefits are anticipated from the advancement of nanotechnology and improved coatings for use in aggressive environments.
Dates - February 2019 - April 2022
Funder - Innovate UK
Funded Value - £564,989
Project Value - £856,315