The production of ultra-high performance steel components
that perform better
, consuming fewer energy
, environmental and process resources
: this, in short, was the goal of the LIFE 4 Green Steel project
, co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE program
and developed by a partnership between SACMI, University of Trento, TFM Automotive Industries
(project leader) and K4Sint.
The project - which lasted four years and ended in August 2021 - will be presented as part of an on-line meeting on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 3 p.m
. The aim of the webinar is to present the results in detail: these include the ability to make - using wall lubrication pressing (DWL) systems
- sintered steel components with a density of between 7.5 and 7.7 g/cc
(well beyond the target of 7.3 g/cc).
LIFE 4 Green Steel was set up to demonstrate the industrial feasibility
of producing these component types via an HDPM (High Density Powder Metallurgy) process instead of the traditional "chip removal
" techniques. This was done by developing a press prototype, in this case the SACMI MPH 200
, capable of working in an actual industrial line.
This project was developed against a backdrop of extensive, ever-greater use of such components and the parallel need to develop innovative solutions that limit the use of pre-mixed lubricants, thus reducing consumption and emissions.
From this perspective, LIFE 4 Green Steel has shown that it’s possible to make "nearly finished" components (in this case, steel cogs
) via a series of "compaction" steps. This technique increases the utilization coefficient of the raw materials by up to 95% and reduces waste by at least 50%
. There’s also a 70%
reduction in lubricant
use, with a general increase in energy efficiency of 50%
compared to a traditional process.
The LIFE 4 Green Steel project is co-funded by the European LIFE program
, the European Union’s financial tool for the development of projects for the environment, nature conservation and climate change containment. During the 2014-2020 plan
(to which the LIFE 4 Green Steel project belongs) the LIFE program financed over 5,500 projects throughout the EU
, delivering resources valued at over €4 billion
and driving investments worth over €9 billion.
To register for the webinar
- which will present not just Life 4 Green Steel but also the Forture project on eco-design in the ceramic sector - please email