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The Northwest Metallurgical Research Association (AIMEN), is an industrial non-profit association constituted by more than 80 companies, and supplier to more than 400, within the automotive, aeronautics, civil engineering, construction, shipbuilding, energy and metalworking industries. AIMEN is the leading Spanish research centre devoted to welding and joining, along with quality control and maintenance management. AIMEN has participated in 20 EU projects, including RFCS for improving steel products characteristics by using laser technology. The Laser Applications Centre of AIMEN, opened in 2014, works in the materials processing with laser technology, performing in-house research and collaborative projects with companies. It is currently the largest in Spain in its category, both as researchers and investment.
Sidenor is a steel company, leader in the European steel industry for the production of special steel long products and one of the main producers of forged and cast pieces. It is also an important supplier of cold finished products in the European market. Is a major producer of special steels with more than 100.000 Tns/year of microalloyed steels, of which more than 60% is delivered for crankshaft manufacturing.
LTU is among the six largest technical universities in Sweden. Located north, close to the arctic circle, it is the only mining university, accordingly with manifold expertise in materials and steel. LTU participates with the Chair of Manufacturing Systems Engineering with particular expertise in laser surface treatment, laser welding and laser additive manufacturing. The research team applies experimental (e.g. a 15 kW fibre laser, various optics, 4 high speed cameras up to 800 000 fps or 5 GPx/s, thermocamera, interferometry) and theoretical methods (e.g. semi-analytical process models, FE heat conduction and stress analysis).
Within the University of Kassel, the Institute of Materials Engineering will be involved in the STIFFCRANK project through its structure of metal and plastic testing facilities. In the field of metallic materials research, its focus is on the microstructure, properties and manufacturing induced components behavior. Priorities include materials fatigue, the analysis of boundary layers induced by manufacturing processes, analysis and assessment of residual stress distributions in components and development of measuring strategies, the thermo-mechanical fatigue of high-strength alloys, property characterization of additive manufactured materials, shape memory technology, and also studies of the Bauschinger effect for hardened or low tempered steels. The institute has a well-equipped laboratory for X-ray residual stress analysis as well as for the hole drilling method.