Project OPTIMA built on previous work by Powdertech Surface Science (chrome-free pre-treatment technology) and the Non-Destructive Test (NDT) capability of TWI.

The project concentrated on:

  1. Development of an in-line NDT method to characterise surface metallurgy and improve consistency of the etched surface.
  2. Development of an in-line NDT method for assessment, quantification and improvement of a pre-treatment coating in order to maximise performance of the overall pre-treatment process.

These processes have enabled optimisation of process control and provided quality assurance for Powdertech’s cost effective chrome-free pre-treatment process for lightweight alloys, achieving the level of performance required by Powdertech’s vehicle OEM customers.

OPTIMA was a business-led consortium, focusing upon surface engineering and coating technologies for high value manufacturing to substantially increase bonding performance of lightweight components.

Project partners:
POWDERTECH LTD, EMERALD AUTOMOTIVE, TWI

 

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