Metallurgy Research Centre

Technological support for foundries

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  • Optimization of castings design and feeding systems.
  • Structural calculation (stress and deformations) in castings and assemblies due to the solidification, cooling, shake out, machining, etc.
  • Evaluation of fatigue behaviour.
  • Improvement of liquid metal treatments.
  • Development of microalloys oriented to improve mechanical properties.
  • Reducing costs by using secondary alloys.
  • Industrialization of new references.
  • Stabilization and improvement of different stages on the productive process.
  • Verification and process control.
  • Reduction of inspections in the process control.
  • Increase of yield and productivity.
  • Reduction of finishing operations.
  • Optimization of moulding sistems and sand properties.
  • Reduction of part reject rates.
  • Improvement of superficial finishing of castings.
  • Minimization of mould-metal reaction.
  • Adjustment of heat treatments.
  • Measure of residual stress and extensometer calculation.
  • From the drawing and 3D of the casting: thermal study, risers design, feeding and filling system, etc. are carried out.
  • Manufacturing of moulds and cores, melting, casting, cooling, finishing operations, heat treatment, a completed verification and characterization of castings and transfer of the industrial production process technology.
  • Design and manufacturing of prototypes, with a short delivery time.
  • Development of holistic solutions to minimize energy consumption.
  • Design and set-up of energy optimization systems.
  • Energy consumption studies.
  • Installation of intelligent programs with maximun energy efficienty.
  • Study of the specific problems.
  • Variation of manufacturing process on castings for minimizing the tool wear deviations of measures in a subsequent machining.
  • Integral solutions for castings or specific families of cast components.
  • Complete analysis of the industrial facilities.
  • Determination of lacks or possibilities.
  • Options and future perspectives.
  • Providing technological improvement ideas and opportunities.
  • Advanced layout of the process.
  • Security systems.
  • Consulting on the development and or implementation of innovative process technologies (materials, machinery, etc.).
  • Minimization of people and materials flow.
  • Advanced integration on different jobs.
  • Maximun flexibility, accessibility and use of space.
  • Vision of the future.
  • Studies of issued CO and CO2.
  • Advanced characterization and management of waste.

Ramón Suarez
Metallurgy Processes R&D Director

Susana Méndez
Metallurgy Processes R&D Coordinator

Aitor Loizaga
Industry and Foundry Projects

Fernando Santos
Institutional Projects

Jon Garay
Steel research area

Enara Mardaras
Corrosion research area

Asier Bakedano
Aluminium research area

Lucía Unamunzaga
Evironment research area

Garikoitz Artola
Forming research area

Argoitz Zabala
Artificial Intelligence research area

Jose Manuel Gutiérrez
Calculus Center