Research projects

Research projects

CIC is focused on three priority areas which are developed through the basis of the Swedish industry's future needs and challenges.

  • Material technology. To develop new and existing materials is important in many fields. One example is the automotive industry where lighter components and stronger materials leads to reduced fuel consumption. New materials can also provide products with completely new properties. Examples of priority research areas are: high strength cast iron and high-performance aluminum alloys (example: high temperature resistance).
  • Process optimisation. Improved and more stable processes leading to more efficient production and also provide opportunities to use new technologies, such as additive manufacturing. Process optimisation can also create a better working environment and reduce emissions. Examples of research areas: Sustainable binders, additive manufacturing of high pressure casting tools
  • Product optimisation. New technology and new materials enables new products. It is important that Swedish industry is in the forefront and constantly pushes the boundaries of what can be made. Examples of priority research areas are: Simulation of properties and residual stresses, Topology optimization, multi-material designs

The long term effects for the Swedish industry are;

  • Resource efficiency: Through efficient use of resources production becomes more environmentally friendly and also more cost effective. Eventually, the resource efficiency will be the Swedish industry's largest competitive factor
  • High performance cast components. For the Swedish industry it is very important to compete with production quality. Therefore, technologies, methods and models has to be developed, to enable the production of high-performance and multi-functional cast components
  • Zero Defects. By minimising casting defects, the possibility of using cast components in applications with extremely high demands is increasing. At the same time, it provides a more economical and resource efficient production

 

Selected of projects that are running in the context of CIC: 

ODISSEE2

In ODISSEE2, the researchers are establishing new methods to develop more robust and weight-efficient castings by integrating different simulation tools. ODISSEE2 stands for Optimal Design using Integrated Simulation baSed engineering, Part 2. The purpose of this project is to investigate how the complex interactions between design, manufacturing and durability in castings can be handled by approaching them as a knowledge-based optimization problem.

The aim is to combine different types of computational simulation techniques to a common methodology which enables shorter times for product development while both the performance and lifetime of the product increases. The project is expected to lead to new methods that can contribute to improved collaborations between design engineers and manufacturers of castings. By investigating how geometry and manufacturing process affect the expected lifetime of the casting, the project is expected to also contribute with new insights on how these complex interactions can be handled early in the development work.

ReOptic

ReOPTIC is a research project funded by Vinnova within LIGHTer, which deals with geometry OPTImization of Cast components for weight efficient structures.

The purpose of this research project is to find new methodologies to consider casting requirements already in the topology optimization process. The aim is to enable design of lighter components in a more time efficient way by utilizing the design freedom of casting together with the numerical topology optimization techniques. The expected result is an improved methodology for topology optimization of cast components for automotive and aerospace applications.

EXTREME

EXTREME is funded by Vinnova within LIGHTer is about development and industrialization of high performing aluminium components in extreme environments.

Aluminium is a very competent structural material where conventional casting alloys are well established in industrial light weight solutions. However, there is a new high-performance casting alloys offer unique strength which enable increasing usage of aluminium in extreme applications in aviation industry. The mechanical, thermal and chemical states that an airplane engine is exposed to are special and extreme and at the same time the safety requirements are very strict. The alloy has such interesting properties that it might be able to replace titanium in certain location of airplane engine and at the same time provide weight and cost reduction. In order to the aerospace industry shall be able to proceed and work towards implementation, further increase of technology readiness level is required, which this project will contribute to. If this alloy is going to be competitive in the automotive industry for instance, a more effective casting method than investment casting that is used within aerospace industry is required. Therefor this project will also be working towards developing permanent mould casting for the actual alloy.

MACS

MACS aims to develop MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) for high performance aluminium components. Focus will be on Al-SiCp where silicon carbide particles with suitable aluminium alloy form a material with excellent properties. Characteristic for MMC is above all increased durability, increased strength at higher temperatures, good stiffness, good dimensional stability and good damping capacity.