Material Development Alliance for Rheocasting Research
From this year, a collaboration between Austrian Foundry Research Institute and Comptech AB, a research and development-driven foundry, will start through various tests with Rheocasting. The aim is to find the best solution for the casting industry.
The Austrian Foundry Research Institute (ÖGI) is a non-university, non-profit research organization aiming to increase the fundamental understanding of materials and processes related to castings. Research activities are in the general area of foundry technology particularly aimed at SME-structured foundries and their customers in the European automotive industry. As it is mainly Comptech's customers who are creating a high demand for new material properties in the market and the ÖGI project is developing exactly these properties, joining forces seemed to be an excellent opportunity.
The collaboration is set for an open ended period of time and includes foundry experiments with a focus on rheocasting. The goal is to establish tolerance limits around the process and possibly identify the compositions of different materials for best properties. Specifically, mechanical properties, fatigue properties, thermal and electrical properties will be researched, analyzed and improved.
As the research activities of the ÖGI is especially directed towards medium-sized foundries and their customers in the European automotive industry,the outbreak of Covid-19 will delay the process somewhat, but will not stop it. The product development did not cease during the corona crisis, so new processes and materials have the same demand as before.
"We hope and believe that this cooperation will be of great benefit to all involved. The ÖGI strengthens its opportunities in the market by researching rheocasting and exploring its possibilities and potential. ÖGI's customers can quickly get help finding what they want and Comptech AB hopes to be the company that delivers the technology and equipment", says Per Jansson, CEO of Comptech AB.