Metallurgy Research Centre


IK4-AZTERLAN researcher Garikoitz Artola presented his doctoral thesis on hydrogen embrittlement phenomena from high strength steels

Directed by Dr. Javier Aldazabal Mensa (University of Navarra) and Dr. Ana Isabel Fernández (IK4-AZTERLAN), the thesis “Hydrogen embrittlement of high strength steels: behavior in marine environments and cracking pattern modelling” was recognised with a distinction of Excellent by the evaluators. The evaluators committee was formed by Dr. José Manuel Martínez Esnaola (TECNUN – University of Navarra), Prof. Dr. Denis Badiola (TECNUN – University of Navarra), Dr. Asier Bergara (CEIT-IK4), Dr. Carlos Angulo (EHU/UPV) and Prof. Dr. Sergio Cicero (University of Cantabria).


IK4-AZTERLAN takes part in the project EFFORT 4.0, aimed to the development of Artificial Intelligence and advanced sensorics for industrial transformation processes

Leaded by the ALCORTA Forging Group, the multidisciplinary consortium involved in the project EFFORT 4.0 is formed by Basque companies and innovation agents from diverse fields such as metallic transformation, energy efficiency and cybersecurity: Ekide S. Coop., Larraioz, Ulma Embeded Solutions S. Coop., Dominion, AYS, Ingetek, Ceiber, Titanium Industrial Security, Mondragon Unibertsitatea, IK4-IKERLAN, AC4C, Vicomtech, Ikergune, Deusto University and the IK4-AZTERLAN Metallurgy research Centre.


The VI International Press Hardening Technical Forum gathers 120 technicians and experts to share latest innovations and developments associated to this novel transformation technology

Organized by IK4-AZTERLAN Metallurgy Research Centre, the Tabira Foundry Institute and the Competitiveness Agency of Durangaldea, the 6th edition of the Forum has gathered technicians and professionals from more than 70 different organizations to share the main innovations and challenges regarding this transformation technology for the manufacturing of high requirement structural components from the automotive and aeronautical sectors.