The development of sustainable alternatives to wallpaper and wall finishes includes both the use of bio-based materials and the implementation of an end-of-life recycling strategy.

ECHT 2020 took place at the beginning of December. Due to the corona crisis, the conference was held online and not in Antwerp, as originally planned. The three-day conference mainly dealt with topics related to the carbon element in steel, such as carburising, carbonitriding, but also surface layers such as DLC.

In the INSIDE Metal AM project Sirris, CRM and BIL investigated the technological and economical feasibility of 3D printing with steel. Here is a short story about the demonstrator parts that were realised.

There is an increasing demand from the chemical sector for the use of biomass as a source for chemical products and processes. Therefore the focus now lies on improving current processes and regular research into the use of new forms of biomass. What is bio-based, what is the state-of-affairs and how is it validated? Sirris launched its first white paper on bio-based coatings.

Developments of renewable energy sources, such as ocean energy, can be accelerated if companies and research organisations work together. The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), in which OWI-Lab/Sirris is a partner, seeks to build and foster such collaborations through Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs). One CIG, focussing on corrosion monitoring, has recently been launched, and we need your input!

Sirris has acquired a new portable X-ray diffraction stress measurement system. The system is unique in Belgium and provides a very powerful tool to measure the quality of all types of parts (cast, forged, machined, etc.) and processes (such as welding, 3D printing, shot peening or heat treatment). Its ability to characterise local stress is key to improve processing conditions.

Packaging is one of the most important actors in the food supply chain. The industry sees itself confronted with several challenges, the use of (coated) paper and cardboard packages being one of them. The aim of the CORNET-TETRA project 'REPAC²', proposed by Sirris and several Flemish and European partners, is to support an accelerated implementation of highly functional and recyclable coated paper and cardboard materials for dry food packaging applications. Join us!

Products developed for operations in harsh environments can truly benefit from innovation in sustainable design and materials. On 22 October, Sirris organised a webinar focusing on different challenging situations where the right choice in material and design can make or break your product. You can find the presentations in this article.

On 16 November the European Committee for Standardization will be organizing an online workshop on pressure equipment standardization.

The new European project NewSkin, in which Sirris is a participant, explores the potential of nano-based surfaces for industrial and consumer products.