Powder development and powder metallurgy
Material properties often play a key role in the usability of products in different environments. New material solutions can improve a product’s performance, thus generating competitiveness and new business opportunities. Powder technology offers flexible ways of tailoring material compositions according to specific applications. VTT has a wide variety of unique facilities closely connected to powder development and processing, ranging from the synthesis and modification of tailor-made nanoparticles/powders (mechanical milling, gas atomisation) and powder manufacturing to final form shaping. VTT’s range of methods include thermal spraying, hot isostatic pressing (HIP), powder injection moulding (PIM), powder extrusion and conventional pressing and sintering (PM).
Powder development creates new business opportunities. It offers possibilities to improve new materials and properties as well as to tailor compositions to customers’ processes and products. Pure nanomaterials or hybrid materials with nano-modifications create new innovative products. Nowadays, and especially in the future, environmentally friendly processes and cost-effective compositions have, and will have, more important roles in business.
VTT can offer flexible powder development and solutions in close and intensive co-operation with customer needs. VTT has strong competence in powders for different compaction and coating methods, creating functionalized powder particles with improved compatibility in matrices as well as functionally graded materials (FGM). VTT’s expertise in powder synthetization, processing, modifications and characterization covers all types of materials, such as ceramics, cements, mineral waste by-products, metals and composites. VTT can prepare pre-commercial powders together with customers to meet their personal needs. Literature, market surveys and technology commercialization are part of the offering.