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Substitution of Heavy Metals and Other Hazardous Substances in Alloys

Good metallic properties and non-toxic constituents are important in circular material flows. However, the substitution of substances can affect the metallic properties. We can help you with simulations, knowledge of the impact of process chemicals, and find alternatives with regard to design, process, quality and sustainability.

Alloys and manufacturing processes may include heavy metals or other hazardous substances, which need to be phased out in order to reduce the adverse impact on people and the environment. The substitution of hazardous substances is also important for the materials to fit in circular flows and thereby increase their service life. Replacing elements or additives in alloys and manufacturing processes may require work processes to be modified in order to maintain or improve the required metallic properties.

RISE’s offer

RISE’s experts have broad expertise in the entire field and can offer complete solutions or help with specific issues.

  • We can formulate proposals and recommendations for chemical and process techniques, control and automation in order to improve both quality and the work environment.
  • We can carry out the measurements and studies needed to understand how your current process techniques affect the properties of the material in order to adapt your production to materials without hazardous substances.
  • We can help with future product design by performing simulations and casting trials to ensure good material properties. We use casting simulations to minimise the risk of defects in the finished goods.
  • We can provide coaching and expert support for technical substitution in cast iron, aluminium and steel. We can also provide process knowledge regarding the impact and effect of process chemicals on metallurgy.
  • We can perform material characterisation, microstructure examination and strength testing to ensure that new advanced materials work in your manufacturing process.

Contact us for more information on how we can help your company phase out heavy metals and other undesirable substances in metals, alloys and production processes.

More information

Substitution means that you:

  • Replace a hazardous substance with one that is less hazardous
  • Switch to a different material
  • Or find a completely new solution so that a hazardous substance is no longer needed, for example, by changing the design or process

Contact the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution for more information and guidance on phasing out hazardous chemicals in products and processes.

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