Linz, Austria
Linz, Austria

voestalpine AG is an international steel based technology and capital goods group based in Linz, Austria. The company is active in steel, automotive, railway systems, profilform and tool steel industries.47 per cent of its workforce is based in Austria. The Linz hot strip mill is a "fully integrated steel works" operated by voestalpine Stahl GmbH, a part of the steel division of voestalpine AG. In addition to Linz the most important plants are in Leoben in Styria and in Krems in Lower Austria. It had a large plant at Liezen in Styria which closed in the 1990s.The name of the company amalgamates its two principal components, the VÖEST in Upper Austria, established through nationalization in July 1946, and the ÖAMG in Styria, established in 1881. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Voestalpine AG | Date: 2015-04-15

The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for producing a steel strip, in particular a steel strip having a bainitic microstructure, such as for example a spring steel strip or a punching tool, wherein the steel strip is made to pass continuously through the following treatment steps: austenitization of the steel strip at a first temperature above the austenitization temperature; quenching of the steel strip, by means of a gaseous quenchant, to a lower, second temperature selected in accordance with a desired steel microstructure. According to the invention, the gaseous quenchant is conducted onto the steel strip in such a manner that uniform cooling is achieved over the width of the steel strip.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: Shift2Rail-RIA | Phase: S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2016 | Award Amount: 2.80M | Year: 2016

Research into Enhanced Track, Switches and Structure The railway of the future needs to meet the predicted growth in societal demand in terms of capacity and service, address the environmental challenges of the 21st century, and enable the political objectives of the European Union. IN2TRACK is to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential that have been identified as part of the Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 3. Overall objectives of IN2TRACK are divided into three parts; Enhancing and optimising the switch & crossings and track systems in order to ensure the optimal line usage and capacity; Investigating novel ways of extending the life of bridges and tunnel assets through new approaches to maintaining, repairing and upgrading these structures; Development and adoption of a holistic, whole system-approach. A whole-system approach, which is defined as the system boundaries extending from dynamic wheel-rail interaction (loading input) through to degradation of the S&C system, sub-systems, individual components, and underlying track foundation, will also be at the heart of IN2TRACK on how to reach the objectives. This IN2TRACK proposal addresses each of the areas identified in the H2020-S2RJU-2016-01 call. IN2TRACK is fully aligned with Shift2Rail IP3 in its objectives, approach, and ambition; addressing early enhancements and innovation opportunities.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-08-2016 | Award Amount: 8.00M | Year: 2016

The overall aim of LoCoMaTech is, in the first place, to enable the novel HFQ process, (patented by ICL) in its latest most advanced form, which includes 10 recently patented refining technologies (TRL4), to be used for the manufacture of lightweight, high strength body and chassis structures and components for low-cost vehicles, by establishing a prototype, full scale pilot production line (TRL6), supported by a supply chain ranging from raw material to end of life. This will be the first low-cost technology in the world enabling manufacture of high-strength lightweight complex-shaped aluminium parts and low environmental impact. The 1st generation of HFQ technology has already been commercially used in manufacturing 4 types of niche vehicles. This project aims at bringing the materials and manufacturing cost significantly down, through introducing newly patented technological measures, by which the technology could be used for producing low-cost vehicles. The low-cost HFQ technology will be used first for mass production of aluminium car body and chassis structures (eventually for all vehicles), which will lead to substantial improvement in energy efficiency, performance and travel range of low-end vehicles. LoCoMaTech will construct a world first low-cost HFQ aluminium production line (prototype), targeting reduction of energy consumption per vehicle by 15.3-22%, and cost-effective weight savings from 8.55 to 2.16 /kg-saved and improvement of LCA environmental impact by 15.39-26.8%. LoCoMaTech plans to assist in creating 53 commercial production lines and 1700 jobs, in year 6 from the completion of the project. The potential market for low-cost HFQ technology for passenger cars alone is over 160 billion pa, and double this, if buses, trucks, trains and aircraft are considered. This will create huge wealth for Europe and place European automotive industry in a world leading position for lightweight manufacturing technologies for low-end vehicle production.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SILC-II-2014 | Award Amount: 14.84M | Year: 2015

Over the past decade, the steel industry in Europe has been spending a lot of effort in Research and Development of technologies that help in achieving the EUs CO2 emissions targets and reduce the cost of EU ETS compliance. That has been done through a combination of large scale projects which were part publicly funded with European funding and partly through smaller privately funded research activities. From the initial stages of feasibility studies, several technologies were put forward for further development, one of which is the HIsarna smelting reduction process The objective for the current proposal is to prove the capability of the HIsarna ironmaking technology to achieve at least 35% reduction in CO2 emission intensity, compared to blast furnace operated site based on Best Available Technology Currently Installed. This will be achieved through: -Change operation parameters in order to achieve at least 35% CO2 intensity reduction per tonne of hot rolled coil compared to the conventional blast furnace BOF route through: >Combined iron ore and scrap operation with a scrap rate of 350kg/thm; >Partially replacing coal injection with sustainable biomass injection (at least 40%); >Minimising coal rate by maximising energy use in the reactor, through balancing the energy between the upper and lower part of the reactor (<700 kg coal per tonne hot metal in pilot reactor); >Using limestone instead of burnt lime as a fluxing agent; >Quantifying potential for energy recovery from hot off-gas by installing boiler test panels; >Making the process CCS ready by having process gas suitable for CCS with little or no processing by replacing compressed air and N2 carrier gasses with CO2 and CH4 as carrier gas; -Operation of the HIsarna pilot plant for several months continuously in order to establish process and equipment stability; -Test process conditions and validate for scale up to 0.8 Mtpa plant


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-IA | Phase: FCH-02-7-2016 | Award Amount: 17.82M | Year: 2017

Under the coordination of VERBUND, VOESTALPINE, a steel manufacturer, and SIEMENS, a PEM electrolyser manufacturer, propose a 26 month demonstration of the 6MW electrolysis power plant installed at the VOESTALPINE LINZ plant (Austria). After pilot plant commissioning, the electrolyser is prequalified with the support of APG, the transmission operator of Austria, in order to provide grid-balancing services such as primary, secondary or tertiary reserves while utilising the commercial pools of VERBUND. The demonstration is split into five pilot tests and the quasi-commercial operation to show that the PEM electrolyser is able both to use timely power price opportunities (in order to provide affordable hydrogen for current uses of the steel making processes), and to attract extra revenues from grid services which improves the hydrogen price attractiveness from a two-carrier utility like VERBUND. Replicability of the experimental results at larger scales in EU28 for the steel industry (with inputs from TSOs in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) is studied under the coordination of ECN. It involves a technical, economic and environmental assessment of the experimental results using the CertifHY tools. The roll out of each result is provided by ECN, together with policy and regulatory recommendations to accelerate the deployment in the steel and fertilizer industry, with low CO2 hydrogen streams provided also by electrolysing units using renewable electricity. The plausibility of this roadmap is reinforced at the on-start of the demonstration by the creation of an exploitation company involving the core industrial partners, which starts commercial operations of the Linz pilot plant right after the end of the demonstration. Dissemination targeting the European stakeholders of the electricity, steel and fertilizer value chain nourishes the preparation of the practical implementation of the results in the 10 years following the demonstrations end.


Patent
Voestalpine AG | Date: 2016-06-15

The invention relates to a blade for creping a paper web from a Yankee cylinder surface, said blade comprising a steel substrate having a thickness of 0.7 mm - 2 mm, the steel substrate being covered by a cermet coating that forms a working edge adapted for contact with said surface, wherein the cermet coating comprises chromium carbides and tungsten carbides in a nickel based metal matrix and wherein the cermet coating has a porosity of < 2 volume % and a hardness of > 1100 HV_(0.3).


The invention relates to a Tungsten Carbide coated coating doctor blade used for the coating of paper and board. The doctor blade comprises:a substrate in the form of a strip,a wear resistant top deposit covering the working edge of the blade intended for being in contact with the moving web,the wear resistant top deposit comprises WC particles in a Ni-based matrix,the Ni-based matrix comprises in weight %:Cr 1-32Mo 1-32optional components, balance Ni and impurities.


Patent
Voestalpine AG | Date: 2016-06-15

The invention relates to a cold rolled and hardened martensitic/austenitic stainless steel strip for flapper valves in the compressors, wherein the steel strip is made from steel comprising in weight % (wt. %):has a matrix consisting of tempered martensite and between 5 and 15 volume % austenite and a tensile strength (R_(m)) of 1970-2300 MPa.


A forming tool (1) for the production of a semifinished product or end product from a metal sheet. (2) has a first tool part (3) that has an upper tool part (5), a die (6), and at least one first floating bearing (7), which attaches the die (6) to the upper tool part (5) with bearing play (18) in the bearing plane (33), for equalization of its thermal contraction or expansion, has a second tool part (4) that has a lower tool part (9), a punch (8), and at least one second floating bearing (11), which attaches the punch (8) to the lower tool part (9) with bearing play (32) in the bearing plane (34), for equalization of its thermal contraction or expansion, wherein punch (8) and die (6) work together for forming of the metal sheet (2). The two tool parts (3, 4) each have at least one further bearing (12, 13), which bearings attach die (6) and punch (8) to the upper tool part (5) or lower tool part (9) without play in the bearing plane (33, 34).


Patent
Voestalpine AG | Date: 2016-07-29

A gas-tight pipe connection that has inner and outer pipe parts which when joined create a gas tight seal. The inner pipe part has a press fit surface, a stop surface, and a transition surface between the press fit surface and the stop surface. The outer pipe has an outer collar, a press fit surface, and a stop surface as well as a recess in its interior wall which extends from the press fit surface to the stop surface. When the outer pipe part is joined with the inner pipe part, the connection forms a press fit region, a stop region, and a transition region, where the transition region forms a coaxial intermediate space or hollow space.

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