Alfa Romeo Racing, operated by Sauber Motorsport AG, Hinwil, Switzerland, has partnered with Quintus Technologies, Västerås, Sweden, for the provision of Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) services through the acquisition of a press and support via the Quintus Care programme. With the help of Quintus, Alfa Romeo Racing will apply High Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT) to metal additively manufactured parts to increase the performance of its race cars.
In the world of Formula One racing, Alfa Romeo Racing believes taking advantage of materials technology is essential and stated that any potential material optimisation can make a significant difference to vehicle performance. Using a Quintus QIH 21 M URQ system, the team will have access to combined HIP and HPHT capability in-house. The system has an operating temperature of 1,400°C (2,552°F) and pressure of 30,000 psi (2,070 bar).
Quintus’s (Uniform Rapid Quenching)URQ technology enables heat treatment and cooling to be combined in a single process; HPHT. HPHT and HIP are used for the consolidation and densification of metal to produce structures with maximum theoretical density, ductility and fatigue resistance in high-performance materials. These properties are ideal for ultra-high performance automotive applications.
“The partnership with Quintus is an important milestone on Sauber Engineering’s Additive Manufacturing journey,” stated Christoph Hansen, Head of Technical Development at Sauber Engineering AG. “The implementation of the Hot Isostatic Pressing process adds massive value in bringing performance to our car as well as for the demanding needs of our customers. By using Quintus’s HIP technology, the Sauber Group will be able to push the boundaries of what we do even further and bring the materials we produce to an outstanding level.”
“We are excited to be partnering with one of the most iconic Formula One teams – Alfa Romeo Racing,” added Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “This collaboration brings together two organisations at the forefront of advanced development and product innovation in the AM field. Working with Alfa Romeo Racing also gives us at Quintus a unique opportunity to show a large audience how well the modern HIP technology optimises material properties.”
Learn more about F1 engineering from Sauber and Additive Industries
For the Spring 2018 issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, Editor Nick Williams visited Sauber Motorsport AG at its headquarters near Zürich, Switzerland, and discovered how its partnership with Additive Industries has supported both the development of in-house AM applications and an expansion of Sauber Motorsport’s AM services for third parties.
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