Bart Teerlinck

Everyone gains from the ability to deliver sustainable quality to the steel processing industry. Nevertheless, new steel techniques and steel compositions are causing a lot of headaches for many coaters and galvanizers. That is why VOM, ZINKINFO and Sirris want to start a joint investigation into the possible causes and consequences of this.

 

Linde De Vriese
Didier Garray

The passion for sustainability has conquered our society at high speed. Strong carbon-neutral legislative objectives are set with the intention of reducing the environmental impact for all industries. This is how we are aiming to achieve a 30% reduction in the materials footprint by 2030 in Flanders, and a fully circular economy by 2050. These plans are indeed ambitious and companies are working hard. Can composite materials contribute to accomplish these goals?

Setareh Gorji Ghalamestani

The QUALIFY project ran for more than four years to remove the technological barriers that currently prevent the widespread application of hybrid structures (metal to composite) in the maritime industry. On 23 November 2021, the Final QUALIFY event took place, with presentations highlighting the achievements of the project.

Guy Claus
Eddy Kunnen

Industrial knives are used for many processes. Their service life highly depends on the application they are used for. At the request of and with the necessary input from companies, the QualiKnife COOCK project, which aims to improve the quality and service life of industrial knives, was launched this year. This fourth part examines various aspects of knives that were not included in previous parts, such as edge retention.

Bart Teerlinck

The supply of metal 3D printing is growing strongly. Machines, materials, software, design and finishing... for each technology there are specific possibilities and challenges. Are you still with us? The new Learning Network 'Metal Additive Manufacturing' brings you knowledge and insights, provided by experts, peers and experience experts. Take part in the online information session on 6 July with no obligation!

Thomas Kairet
Jeroen Tacq

Sirris has acquired a new portable X-ray diffraction stress measurement system within the framework of the FEDER IAWATHA project, subsidised by the European Union and Wallonia. The system is unique in Belgium and provides a very powerful tool to measure the quality of all types of parts - cast, forged, machined, etc. - and processes, such as welding, 3D printing, shot peening or heat treatment. Its ability to characterise local stress is key to improve processing conditions.

Guy Claus

Industrial knives are used for many processes. Their service life highly depends on the application they are used for. At the request of and with the necessary input from companies, the QualiKnife COOCK project, which aims to improve the quality and service life of industrial knives, was launched this year. We’ll be looking at some of the relevant parameters. The first article of the series will discuss the first aspect: the material selection for the blades.

Guy Claus

The European conference ECHT2021 on heat treatment was recently held online and was entirely dedicated to distortion engineering. Dimensional change and distortion are inevitably associated with the heat treatment of metal, and attention is still required for this in industrial practice. A look back at the online event.

Kurt Beghyn

Sirris recently provided a training course for Atlas Copco employees to optimise their knowledge of foundry technology.

Thomas Kairet

Within a European project, Sirris is responsible for the production (through additive manufacturing) and testing of samples. In this context we have been developing copper and copper alloys on our electron beam melting machine.