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Compact and energy efficient transmissions – control and prediction of functional surface behavior

The overall objective of the project was to: • Develop simulation methodology for drive simulation of transmissions with given shape, surface topography and surface structure, - for more robust and better prediction of the efficiency and life of gear contacts in gearboxes. • Through experimental evaluation and characterization, support and verify the developed simulation technology • Through experimental evaluation and characterization, further verifying the potential of using the correct surface texture, e.g. honing, and right-handed gear in heavy-duty transmissions.

2016 – 2018

Compact and energy efficient transmissions – control and prediction of functional surface behavior

Effective construction of sandwich structures for energy efficient personal transportation

The transition from conventional to electric power lines creates many challenges, but also opens up new possibilities for component packing and design of load bearing structures as well as new manufacturing methods. The project aims to exploit opportunities with sandwich construction to reduce weight and hence the energy consumption for propulsion; reduce heat losses and hence energy consumption for climate change and to reduce manufacturing costs using new manufacturing concepts, rational assembly and new construction technology.

2017 – 2020

Effective construction of sandwich structures for energy efficient personal transportation

Enabling super quality electric steel through advanced use of data analytics in real time

The revolution of electrical vehicles has started and several of the major carmakers have declared that the goal will be met within the next 2-3 years. This cause increased needs for qualitative steels for electrification of vehicle pow er. Suppliers of electrical metals does not meet the needs for high quality input materials. The SuperSteel project will investigate how a project that combines know ledge capture and management, data management and advanced analytics from all actors in the supply chain can be implemented to realise the required product quality in a flexible production.

2017 – 2018

Flexible Models for Predictive Maintenance

Maintenance in existing plants is becoming increasingly important, where predictive maintenance has become an emerging technology. The use of decision support tools contributes to environmentally and economically sustainable production. Within this project, different types of digital twins have been designed and evaluated. Specifically, new predictive model types have been tested in two different industrial case studies; a heat exchanger at SSAB and a profiled header at Svenska Fönster AB.

2017 – 2018

HJT-Hybrid Joining Test bed for smart production

Hybrid joints, combination of gluing and mechanical joining are highly demanded where several materials are to be used and assembled. HJT therefore focuses on the smart factory's ability to create flexible production with simulation and programming in a digital twin that combines the latest technology for bonding, assembly and mechanical joining, rheology based simulation and automated collision-free planning. The projects goal is to focus on the whole hybrid joining process and to establish a testbed for hybrid joining as a resource for Swedish Industry.

2017 – 2020

Non-poisonous substitute for hard chrome in volume applications

This project explores the possibility of replacing hard chrome coatings on steel in volume applications with the Swedish innovation, TiSurf, which is a hardened nitride surface on titanium with excellent chemical and mechanical resistance. The long-term objectives are a more sustainable and cost-effective production of environmentally friendly hybrid materials to replace cancerogenic chrome based hard coatings and to create new application opportunities and markets. Therefore, the objective of the project is to develop and evaluate possible processes for hardened nitride surface on titanium with respect to relevant material and mechanical properties, to investigate and verify its potential as a sustainable replacement material for hard chrome and in various applications, such as piston rods, axles and tubes.

2017 – 2018

Non-poisonous substitute for hard chrome in volume applications

Sustainable Metal Powder Utilization in Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing

This project intends to design and develop a new test methodology for evaluation of power flowability in powder bed fusion (PBF) systems. The test apparatus will simulate powder flow in PBF machines and can be used for optimizing the powder layering behavior for potential utilization of alternative powder qualities. Additionally, this equipment creates opportunities for both powder producers and AM part manufacturers to minimize powder waste and maximize material utilization.

2017 – 2018

Sustainable Metal Powder Utilization in Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing

Tailored Tool Surfaces for Robust and Sustainable Hot Stamping

Tooling constitutes a significant part in the economical investment of the hot stamping process. Significant benefits in production economy and environmental benefits can be attained by improving the tribological performance in hot forming operations of automotive components. The main idea of this project is to create tailored tool surfaces on dies made from cheaper and easier to manufacture tool steel for the hot stamping of ultra-high strength steels.

2015 – 2018

Tailored Tool Surfaces for Robust and Sustainable Hot Stamping

Variation Prediction and Source Identification for Zero-defect Machining Line

In multi-stage machining, errors or variations in machined part features propagate downstream from process to process through the entire machining line. The objective of the project is to enable achieving a zero defect production by predicting and controlling variation and their propagation in multi-stage machining. This demands capturing the relations between variations and their sources in a multi stage machining. The project activities will be based on three industrial cases at Scania, LEAX AB, and GKN. The cases are meant to ground the already proven state of the art concepts in variation modelling, data analytics, measurement, precision pallet system, and simulation in real industrial applications. The application area of the project result covers manufacturability analysis, tolerance analysis, process planning as well as quality assurance strategies. The results and the demonstrations will be of interest to SME and large companies having multi stage machining.

2016 – 2018

Virtual PaintShop – Simulation of Oven Curing

The paintshop is often a bottleneck in production and the processes are fine-tuned based on testing on numerous prototypes. To meet the future demands there is a great need to improve the product preparation process. The aim is to develop methods, techniques and software, and supporting measurement methodology, for simulation of paint curing in IR and convective ovens. The goal is to assist the industry to further develop and optimize their surface treatment to be more energy and cost efficient; to have a shorter lead time in product development; and to give a higher product quality. The aim is that the commissioning time for the oven curing processes of new models is reduced by 25%. Furthermore, the environmental impact will be reduced since significantly less prototypes need to be physically tested, and the process optimization aims to reduce the energy requirement in the ovens by 10%. A more uniform curing will improve product quality, reduce thermal deformation and stresses, and also yield a better work environment.

2016 – 2019

Virtual PaintShop – Simulation of Oven Curing
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