University of Padova has three of its department which are continuously involved in research, development and training activities in the field of light-weight materials. Activities which are often carried out in collaboration with industrial partners are focused on metals, alloys and composite materials. This also leads to the creation of courses for industry professional, summer schools, conference organization, and elaboration of new EN standards on light alloys casting technologies.
More in specific, research topics include activities focused on improved recycling such as finding Reliable solutions for „up-grading“ of scraps. This is performed by addition of specific elements, by removal of technologically detrimental elements, by minimizing CRM into metallic alloys. Set up of systematic surveys on the effects of scraps-originated impurities on in-service performance of components manufactured using secondary alloys. Other activities on scraps include the development of predictive models on high value scraps availability, development of LCA models and the setting up of Digital education tools on High Value Scraps.
Materials substitution is also a large key research area within University of Padova. In particular research is carried out on High Performance Materials including new metallic alloys, carbon-reinforced composites, metal matrix composites and advanced cast irons and steels for substitution of conventional automotive materials. Development of processing solutions (foundry, welding, powder metallurgy, coating) and validation of performance and of overall sustainability is also part of the substitution research thematic.
Padova University has a lot of testing facilities for both alloys and composites but also numerical tools for simulation of casting, welding, heat treatment and mechanical performance and LCA.
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Contact: Prof. Franco Bonollo Università degli Studi di Padova Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials 35100 Padova (Italy) phone: +39 0444 998743 fax: +39 0444 998888 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: www.unipd.it/