HardAlt Objective

 

One of the most widely used coatings in the world, is hard chrome as it exhibits unique properties that help prevent wear and corrosion. The annual cost of corrosion alone is estimated to account for 3.1% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Protective coatings help to reduce the cost of these deleterious mechanisms and thus are popular engineering solutions. However, hard chromium faces many problems: EU restrictions due to the use of hexavalent chromium; health issues for the plating industry personnel due to associated cancers; functional defects of the coatings; and, the low current efficiency in plating. There is therefore an urgent need to find an alternative which is the ultimate aim of this exciting  new project.

 

 

About this Research Programme

 

Research for SMEs Associations aims at developing technical solutions to problems common to a large number of SMEs in specific industrial sectors or segments of the value chain, through research that could not be addressed under Research for SMEs. Projects must be driven by the SME associations, which are given the opportunity to subcontract research to RTD performers in order for them to acquire the necessary technological knowledge for their members. Projects must have clear exploitation potential and economic benefits for the SME members of the associations involved.

 

The HardAlt project received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency, under grant agreement No: 606110. Funding scheme: SME-2013-2: Research for SME Associations
The HardAlt project received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency, under grant agreement No: 606110. Funding scheme: SME-2013-2: Research for SME Associations

Latest News

HardAlt: To read latest work progress click here.

 

HardAlt project presented at meeting on Functional Coatings for Industry in Southampton. Click link for more information.

 

HardAlt objectives presented at European Parliamentary Meeting. Click here to read more.

 


Events

Next HardAlt progress meeting (28M) to be held in Barcelona (AGPYME) or Greece (CERTH) at the beginning of April 2016. More details to follow.