MAIN INNOVATIONS ACHIEVED
DIGIMAT SMART MODULE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TAILORED MADE GRADES
Product data analysis based on statistical control tools and process adjustment based on human decisions is improved by “A digital prediction modelling based on the best combination of some mathematical models such as Artificial Neural networks, Bayesian Networks, Naïve Bayes, etc.”
METHODOLOGY FOR REAL TIME PROTOCOL APPLICATION
DecisSion system is based on expert people and after data analysis is improved by “on-line intelligent system that allows to forecast the results and if unexpected deviation occurs, the new established actuations protocols are applied”.
CAST IRON PRODUCT WITH HIGHER MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Existing cast iron manufacturing grades allows significant variation ranges in mechanical properties and thus high security coefficients are applied in the design phase of the components; are improved by “New cast iron grades with tailored made mechanical properties and with a reduced variation range”.
CAST IRON GRADE WITH IMPROVED MACHINABILITY
Many processes and product variables affecting machinability are unknown nowadays. In addition, machinability measurement is a difficult task. Thanks to DigiMAT the “expert knowledge on main process variables and product characteristics affecting machinability is defined and controlled by the SMART DigiMAT module. A significant improvement in machinability was observed at Continental facilities.
MAIN EXPLOITABLE RESULTS
These are the main results achieved by the DigiMAT project consortium:
R1-The smart module for digital materials manufacturing.
R2-Actuation protocols and specific controls for tailor-made digital materials implementation.
R3–Digital material 1: Cast iron grade with higher mechanical performance and the relevant manufacturing route.
R4–Digital material 2: Cast iron grade with improved machinability, and the relevant manufacturing route.
R5–Improved brake system, based on the new lighter anchor and cost-effective housing.
The DigiMAT project will have a high impact in all the partners of the consortium, and it is expected a cascade impact on the EU industry, having its main influence on automotive sector.
The project will have direct impact on different applications initially where ductile iron and specific parameters are desired such as yield strength or machinability. Thus, different automotive components are related, and several European iron part manufacturing processes and end-users will receive a significant impact.