Optimizing raw material handling and processing under harsh working conditions
The European EIT Rawmaterials project HARSHWORK develops technology to improve the efficiency in handling processes of raw materials such as copper or nickel, where the impact and wear of industrial components is very high. HARSHWORK aims to increase the competitiveness of mining companies and manufacturers of industrial equipment for this sector, as well as steel manufacturers and companies in the recycling sector.
Parts in mining and recycling industry machinery are usually subjected to harsh working conditions, with high forces, abrasive media, low temperature, corrosive environment and big impacts. All these conditions give rise to severe wear damage in many parts of the machinery, with the associate high costs for maintenance and substitution.
Software with god results
Harshwork is developing a software that will produce reliable predictions on wear and structural loads. Trustworthy prediction of wear will help the equipment manufacturers to select appropriate materials but also to plan for maintenance that is more efficient. This means that they can optimize exploitation costs by reducing maintenance periods, decreasing costs and increasing performance of machinery. This software will save time for equipment designers and producers by giving them a chance to design the equipment even ‘better’ e.g. make the components more durable and use better materials.
The project is coordinated by the Luleå University of Technology, and has the participation of eight European partners, including three large companies, two SMEs and a trade association.