The aim of this project is to eliminate the use of hard chromium plating across the European electroplating industry by delivering a suitable substitute, which will be based on nano structured Ni-P and Ni-P composite coatings (with, for example, SiC or BC as reinforcing nanoparticles).

The successful outcome of the HardAlt project will lead to the reduction or even elimination of the use of hexavalent chromium in the electrodeposition industry thereby circumventing EU legislation. As HardAlt coatings will exhibit equivalent or even enhanced functional properties compared to hard chrome, they will be adopted by the metal working industry in applications where wear and corrosion resistance is of critical importance. The three most common applications of Hard Chrome that will be targeted have been identified as:

  • Hydraulic/pneumatic pistons and cylinders
  • Specialized oil and gas exploration equipment
  • Moulds and press tools.

Significant benefit will be the customization of the HardAlt coatings to the need of each application whilst using the same bath thereby leading to savings in raw materials and the minimizing of waste from the electroplating industry.

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 video available click here.

 

HardAlt: Real components coated with newly developed HardAlt coatings. For work progress click here.

 

June 2016 HardAlt members participate in European Commission Workshop to discuss REACH regulations. Click link for more information.

 

August 2016 HardAlt member has meeting with Rolls Royce Aerospace Engines to discuss future coatings.

 

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

 


Events

HardAlt final review meeting held on 26th January 2017 in Brussels. Click here for the Agenda and Minutes.