Powder manufacturing route is the near-net shape manufacturing with the highest material utilization (~95%) and lowest energy consumption (< 50%) in comparison with the other manufacturing routes. Hence, PM provides great product design flexibility and basically unlimited alloy design capability. PM is a modern intensively developing manufacturing process and the European Market alone has an annual turnover of over six billion Euros, where Sweden is one of the key players. Nowadays Sweden is the world leader in powder manufacturing having about 25% of the world production. New niches for growth can be created from this position through synergies of alloy design and development of critical processing stages and overall process.
The project focuses on the development of stages in PM manufacturing chain, starting from development of new alloying systems, improvement of the existing sintering techniques as well as introduction of novel consolidation techniques for achieving maximum material performance. In particular, project will be focused on development of lean sintering atmospheres as well as vacuum sintering process for water-atomized material.