FIMECC LIGHT programme is one of the FIMECC’s first programmes. Although the need for ever-lighter structures is obvious today, this was not apparent seven years ago when preparation work began. In this respect, the decision to execute a separate interdisciplinary programme specifically around this theme was quite visionary. Eleven companies and four universities have joined as partners in FIMECC LIGHT. FIMECC LIGHT was unique in that it combined all disciplines related to creating a new lighter product: material research, design rules, manufacturing technologies and environmental impacts. Strong emphasis was laid on research into application requirements, and this was used as input data for the other research subjects. A separate project was dedicated to low-density materials, which opened an easy access to the programme for several SMEs using these materials.
FIMECC LIGHT has produced many impactful results. Result examples include e.g. wear-resistant panels and protection panels opening up new possibilities for applications where weight reduction or portability needs to be combined with a wear-resistant surface (Ruukki); New hybrid material solutions for the new diesel engine motor power pack proving substantial fuel savings and significantly lowering the main emissions (Metso Minerals); A simulation software to model jaw crusher dynamics (Metso&Aalto); Two sustainability guidebooks for metals and engineering industry; New reinforcement was launched (Ahlstrom); A substantial improvement and design guidelines in the understanding of the mechanisms and kinetics of delayed cracking (Outokumpu); guidebook for design and production of structures made of ultra-high-strength steels (Ruukki). In addition, the programme has produced a large number of publications: 37 research reports, 61 conference papers and journal articles, 9 doctoral theses and 10 patents.
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Tapani Halme, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Programme Manager)
Kalle Kantola, FIMECC Oy