The 3DCALOR project takes a closer look at AM for heat exchangers »

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Heat exchangers are increasingly seen as one of the main “fatal applications” of 3D printing for manufacturing end-use parts. IRT Jules Verne and its partners, Fives, AddUp and CNRS/LTEN (Laboratoire Thermique et Énergie de Nantes) have launched the 12-month 3DCALOR project to explore the benefits that AM can bring to heat exchangers .

In the current context of increasing the performance of heat exchangers, the consortium will study new geometries accessible by additive manufacturing. The objective of this project is to identify the main technological obstacles related to the production of heat exchangers by additive manufacturing and to evaluate the performance of the integration of innovative architectures based on biomimetic principles.

The project will also include work on the functionalization of surfaces by texturing and on the development of a product/process design and optimization strategy. At the end of these 12 months, it could lead to a second larger project in which the aspects of topological optimization and the implementation of an industrial development methodology would be deepened.

The IRT Jules Verne, created in 2012 as part of the Investissement d’Avenir program, is an industrial research center dedicated to industry. Its vocation is to improve the competitiveness of strategic industrial sectors in France by creating breakthrough technologies for manufacturing processes.

Its mission is to accelerate innovation and technology transfer to factories in 5 areas of technological expertise: Robotics and Cobotics, Composite Materials Processes, Metallic Materials and Additive Processes, Modeling and Simulation, Characterization, Monitoring and Control. The IRT Jules Verne team works hand in hand with the best industrial and academic resources in the manufacturing field. Together, they strive to develop innovative technologies that will be deployed in the short and medium term in research such as mobility in an industrial environment, manufacturing flexibility, assembly and joining technologies, forming processes and preforming, additive manufacturing processes.

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