The results of the three year EFFIPRO project, to develop a significantly shorter Powder Metallurgy process using a new concept of hybrid electrical current assisted sintering, are to be discussed during a dedicated workshop on October 9, 2016. The Energy Efficient Process of Engineering Materials (EFFIPRO) Project, part funded by the EU (FP7) and industry partners, was launched in September 2013, with the objective of using the novel sintering method to process hard materials with improved properties, thus resulting in a more energy efficient and cost effective process.
The project intended to focus on two different technologies, Electrical Discharge Compaction (EDC) and Electrical Resistance Sintering (ERS), with the initial goal of producing pilot plant scale equipment.
It was planned that high performance metallic composites (based on hardmetals, WC-Co) and engineering metallic materials be processed using this technology to shorten the processing time and produce materials with enhanced properties (hardness, toughness and lifetime). It was predicted that the use of this process would bring significant energy consumption reduction in the sintering process.
The EFFIPRO Workshop will take place on Sunday October 9 during the World PM2016 Congress and Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany.