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On 2nd Dec 2015, the HiPPOCAMP project was brought to the annual DMMS&MCR member’s meeting, celebrated in Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Qilin Fu presented the concept and latest results of HiPPOCAMP project and the audiences showed their interest to explore the technology platform as end-users and partners. The presentation explained the high dynamic stiffness composites with nano structures from a scientific point of view and pointed out the critical size effect of nano sized impregnates on the material’s damping performance. The HiPPOCAMP concept bridged up the gap between nano science research and mechanical engineering. The audiences are the major Swedish production firms including Sandvik Coromant, SECO Tools, SKF, SCANIA, VOLVO, SAAB, SSAB and etc.

Monday, 30 November 2015 13:28

Hippocamp at Technology Days 2015

SORALUCE held the 5th edition of Technology Days at the Excellence Centre BIMATEC SORALUCE (Limburg, Germany) from 17th to 21st November 2015, to experience the latest technologies and developments by SORALUCE in real machining conditions, highlighting the new SORALUCE product generation, innovative DAS system (Dynamics Active Stabiliser), latest developments in Industry 4.0. Moreover, during these Technology Days, SORALUCE also showed some R&D projects where they are involved in, such as the HIPPOCAMP project, which focuses on the development of a new manufacturing process for the deposition of nanocomposites in metal or polymeric structural parts, in order to get a new material that combines high stiffness with high damping capacity.

Month 24 General Meeting has gathered again Hippocamp consortium in Prague, from 21st – 22nd October 2015. Apart from presenting the latest advances made in each work package, the second day, a Business Plan Seminar was organized. Thanks to this service offered by the European Commission, partners were able to develop some Business Model drafts for three of the project’s results.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:22

Hippocamp at EMO Milano 2015

Soraluce presented its latest innovations at EMO Milano 2015, the world exhibition dedicated to the metal-working world. EMO - celebrated from 5th to 10th October - is the travelling trade show that is alternately held in Italy and Germany and the chief event for the operators belonging to all fields of the manufacturing industry: from the automotive to the aerospace, from the energy to the biomedical field, from the  electric household appliances to the food industry. Apart from presenting the new DAS system (Dynamic Active Stabilizer), Soraluce showed its customers the latest advances related to the Hippocamp Project.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:59

Hippocam at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015

Lantier presented their latest innovations as well as the Hippocamp project at the ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015, celebrated from the 30th June to 2nd July in Frankfurt, Germany. ZELLCHEMING-Expo is the annual highlight of the European pulp, paper and supplier industry, and this year the exhibition had 153 exhibitors and attracted 1,832 visitors. Visitors were able to get more information from Lantier's new damped creping blade and the monitoring system. Next edition of the exhibition will take place next year.

The team from the University of Oulu, represented by Dr. Gabriela Lorite participated in the International Scanning Probe Microscopy Conference (ISPM).  ISPM Rio 2015 is the 17th meeting in a continuing series of international meetings featuring research on scanning probe microscopy (SPM), sensors, and nanostructures that began in Seattle in 1999. Scanning probe microscopy is a characterization method in constants development which attends a large range of application including nanostructured materials. The International Scanning Probe Microscopy Conference attracts researchers working in academia, government, and industry and it has rotated around the world. The invited speakers included researchers from Switzerland, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Korea, USA, Japan, Canada and Brazil. In the context of HIPPOCAMP project, the conference addressed the most recent development in the characterization of nanostructured coatings as well as it was an opportunity to disseminate the project in the nanotechnology scientific community. In particular, three topics were close related to HIPPOCAMP: SPM applications in surface characterization and quality control, SPM methods in nanoengineering and SPM applied to nano-carbon systems. Dr. Gabriela Lorite during her oral presentation pointed out the importance in correlated the nano-properties of the developed nanostructured coating with the macro-mechanical properties on the industrial parts. In addition to the oral presentation, a poster was on display during the four days of conference promoting further discussion with the audience.

The team from the Institute of Physics, ASCR represented by Martin Čada participated in the annual International Conference on HIPIMS. Since the year 2010 the conference on Fundamentals and Industrial Applications of HIPIMS has brought scientist from academia and industrial partners together to learn more about new trends in HiPIMS technology. This year the conference was held in Braunschweig (Germany) the town with high-level application-oriented research and development. The conference organisers this year could welcome more than 100 participants. Martin Čada during his oral presentation pointed out new findings achieved in field of ionised fraction of depositing particles measurement and modelling. The presentation emphasised that suggested concept of basic plasma parameters measurement is very suitable for optimisation of deposition processes within the HIPPOCAMP project. Nevertheless presented results attracted attention of audience due to discussions after the presentation and during coffee breaks.

The recent results of HIPPOCAMP project were disseminated by Martin Čada from Institute of Physics, ASCR on the 42nd European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics. The annual conference organised by the European Physical Society is focused on presentation of recent achievements in the basic research on the fusion and low-temperature plasmas. This year the conference was held in historic heart of Lisbon – in Cultural Centre of Belém. According to organisers information more than 750 participants took part in the 42nd conference. Martin Čada during his oral presentation in the joint Low-temperature and Dusty Plasmas session presented recent achievements on advanced diagnostics of technological discharge in both the small-scale and industrial scale deposition systems during the hybrid PVD-PECVD process involving HiPIMS operation of discharge. During the presentation obtained results on a heating flux, ion flux and ionised fraction of depositing particles as measured for different magnetic field configurations when HiDS films are deposited were discussed. Obtained findings implied necessity to optimise the sputtering magnetron magnetic field together with HiPIMS parameters to reach required results of HIPPOCAMP project. One can be remark that presented findings elicited a positive response from audience.

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:30

Hippocamp at SVC TechCon 2015

From April 25-30, 2015, the Society of Vacuum Coaters SVC TechCon was held in Santa Clara, USA and Rafael Sánchez from Ionautics was in the Industrial Exhibition. The SVC is internationally recognized as the most important international conference in vacuum coaters focused in Vacuum Web Coating, Optical coating, Decorative & Functional Coating, Large Area Coating, Plasma Processing, Process Control & Instrumentation, Emerging Technologies, Tribological & Wear Coating and Product & Technology Forum. The conference assistance is more than 3000 attendees each year within 176 oral technical sessions and a well-attended poster session.

The HiPIMS technology is the core plasma technology of Ionautics and is also the major contribution of Ionautics to the HIPPOCAMP project (HiPIMS plasma generators, bias units, diagnostics etc.). The industrial exhibition was open to the public, expositors, technicians and so on. This conference gives Ionautics the possibility to meet many experts in the HiPIMS field, and also potential customers who are interested in using HiPIMS.

From 21–22 April the HiPPOCAMP project participated the Myfab&Norfab user meetings 2015 hosted by Lund University in Sweden, where the Max IV lab is situated. The user meeting intends to exchange research ideas and get inspirations from researchers in Nordic countries in Nano science. During the user meeting, the HiPPOCAMP concept was explained and the atomic force in viscous mode has triggered quite some interest in atomic force modelling research. The progress and project results from HiPPOCAMP will provide inspirations to material scientist that works with the grain boundary relaxation phenomenon.

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