A NEW generation of wear-resistant materials and environmentally friendly manufacturing technologies have received $720,000 in funding under the Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation’s (QDSD) Research and Industry Partnerships Program.
The research will be delivered over three years as part of a $1.44 million project managed by the CAST Cooperative Research Centre (CAST CRC).
The funding is said to build on CAST CRC’s capabilities in alloy design, component production and performance assessment, as well as create new products and business opportunities for industry participants.
The proposed research program will also focus on technology transfer and high level skills development in order to address the needs of Queensland-based ferrous component manufacturers, according to CAST CRC.
A new generation of wear resistant materials is required to increase the lifetime of key mining components such as dragline buckets, ore transfer chutes and other minerals processing equipment, according to CAST CRC.