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Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa S. Coop.,

Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa S. Coop., is the Faculty of Engineering of Mondragon University (MU). MU has a socially-orientated initiative and vocation, being declared a non-profit university of common public interest. One of the main characteristics of MU is the close and permanent relationship with the industrial world, enabling us to outline our educational offer by adapting it to the needs of companies and organizations. The Faculty of Engineering of MU has approximately 238 employees. The participation of the professors at MU in research projects is one of the key points in its educational innovation process. The research of MU is oriented to the following fields: electrical energy, mechanical design & manufacturing, material science, embedded & information systems and industrial management. MU brings into A3M critical expertise related to design and control of electrical machines and power converters. MU researchers have been involved in numerous projects of electrical machine design for electrical vehicles.

Contact Persons: Dr. Gaizka Ugalde and Dr. Javier Poza Lobo
Dr. Gaizka Ugalde  has been with the Department of Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests include permanent-magnet electric machine design, modelling, and control. He has participated in various research projects in the fields of electric vehicles, lift drives and railway traction. Dr. Javier Poza Lobo, since 2003, he has been with the Department of Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests include electrical machine design, modelling, and control. He has participated in various research projects in the fields of electric vehicles, wind energy systems, lift drives and railway traction.

Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission): CEA is a public body active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defence and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. Based on historical competences developed on powder metallurgy for the French electronuclear industry, CEA is involved in projects dealing with shape forming of different kind of materials by means of advanced processing techniques, like additive manufacturing and Powder injection Molding (PIM). CEA has the possibility to develop all the process steps of magnet production at a pilot line, from the alloy and powder manufacturing to the magnet characterization. Researchers at CEA have been involved in the development, processing and characterisation of powder metallurgy route for the sintered magnets, from 2012 where the pilot line was installed in CEA. Different projects on the injection moulding (PIM) of magnetic materials were also have been carried out in CEA, for shaping complex geometry magnetic materials for different applications. Different characterisation equipment is present in CEA like XRD, SEM, magnetic measurement, capillary rheometer, and analysis of impurities: C, S, O, N, and H.

Contact Person: Gérard Delette, Dr Olivier Tosoni and Dr Sorana Luca
Mr Gérard Delette joined the CEA-LITEN and was in charge of powder metallurgy process modelling (compaction and sintering), high temperature mechanical characterization and high temperature fuel cells modelling. Since 2013 he is charge of the modelling activities related to magnetic materials including micromagnetics and magnetic systems design. He is a Senior Expert in the CEA (topic material modelling) and has coordinated several national and European projects. Dr Olivier Tosoni joined the CEA-LITEN in 2013 and now works on the optimisation of the manufacturing process of rare-earth permanent magnets in the CEA’s pilot line and also electromagnetic simulation of different systems: electric motors, and injection mould under magnetic field. Dr Sorana Luca worked in the field of the manufacturing of different materials for various applications: medical, nuclear, machining tools. Since 2012 she works on the powder metallurgy manufacturing pilot line at CEA-LITEN.

KU Leuven

KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium.  Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KUL is ranked as the 12th European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions, KU Leuven is listed as the first European university.   

KU Leuven SAM (Sustainability Assessments of Materials research group) has conducted several projects on the sustainability assessments of Rare Earth Eelements (REE), and in particular of REE permanent magnets. Researchers at KU Leuven currently are setting up a global life cycle inventory for rare earth oxide mixes in the framework of several European projects and have a large network established of relevant projects yielding life cycle data for REE.

Contact Person: Prof. dr. ir. Karel Van Acker
Prof. dr. ir. Karel Van Acker, is a professor in Circular Economy at KU Leuven with a joint mandate of the department of Materials Engineering (faculty of Engineering Sciences) and at the Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability (faculty of Business and Economics). He is an LCA specialist, Head of policy research centre Circular Economy and core promoter KU Leuven in EIT RawMaterials.

MAGNETI Ljubljana d.d.

MAGNETI Ljubljana d.d. is a privately owned SME located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It has over 60 years of experience in the magnet production, and is one of the few remaining companies in Europe producing permanent magnets. Currently, MAGNETI is a worldwide supplier of AlNiCo, SmCo and NdFeB magnets, magnetic systems, and dental alloys. All magnets and magnetic systems are custom made upon request, including magnetic systems for motors and electric-current meters, magnets for low/high voltage products, various sensors and smaller DC motors, with a special focus on the automotive industry. The company has many important automotive and non-automotive clients among its customers including Bosch and Continental. The development department within the company has 11 members working in various capacities with clients on the full development cycle of magnets and their production processes. The company has constant investment into development and research projects with international external partners. The company is certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IATF 16949 and OHSAS 18001.

Contact Persons: Dr. Milana Karajić and Jan Balderman
Dr. Milana Karajić (project manager). She has been employed Magneti Ljubljana d.d. since 2018. She has a lot of experience in managing projects and practical experience in magnet production. Jan Balderman (senior researcher); He has a lot of experience with casting and magnetic materials in general. He has worked on development of new materials and improvement of magnetic properties of existing magnets.

Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Montanuniversitaet Leoben (ML) is a well-known university in Austria, performing in high quality research in the area of Material Science and Engineering. Additionally, ML participates in establishing national competence centres, research studies, and takes part in a high number of national, European and international research projects. The Institute of Polymer Processing was founded in 1973 and deals with different processing technologies of polymers mainly with injection moulding, extrusion and compounding. Researchers at ML have been involved in the development, processing and characterisation of powder injection moulding (PIM) feedstocks for almost 10 years, which can be used to produce sintered magnets with complex shape. The Institute of Polymer Processing has the relevant expertise, know-how and equipment required to compound PIM feedstock materials, produce green parts by injection moulding, perform preliminary studies in solvent debinding and characterise the mechanical, flow, thermal and morphological properties of the produced feedstocks and green parts. ML also has expertise in injection moulding simulations of metal injection moulding compounds.

Contact Persons: Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Lucyshyn, Dr. Ivica Duretek and Priv. Doz. Dr. Christian Kukla
Assoz. Prof. Dr. Thomas Lucyshyn is an expert in compounding and metal injection moulding simulations. He has been at ML since 2002. Dr. Ivica Duretek is an expert in material characterisation and for over 10 years he has been measuring the material properties of PIM feedstocks for numerous industrial and academic partners around the world. He has been at ML since 2006. Priv. Doz. Dr. Christian Kukla is currently a senior employee at the Industrial Liaison Department at ML. Since 2000, he is responsible for research and technology transfer in the area of plastics, compounds, injection moulding, product development, PIM, and additive manufacturing.

Valeo

Valeo is Europe’s largest company focused on the design, production and sale of components and integrated systems to the automotive industry; its 74,800 employees are supplying e-motors to the vehicle producers of Europe. Valeo’s Power Train System Business Group Research and development centre develops innovative solutions to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These solutions include a complete range of products for the electrification and hybridisation of vehicles.

Contact Person: Jean-Marc Dubus
Jean-Marc Dubus has been working for Valeo Electrical system Research and development since 1989. He is an advanced project manager for integrated starter-alternator reversible systems and electrical machines.