Powder Injection Moulding (PIM) is an advanced powder metallurgy technology that combines the advantages of plastic injection molding and powder technology. This technology is similar to baking in the oven, which is applied to the analysis of alloy metal powders that are baked in a mold to produce components in electric generators ‘milimetrically’ or very precise.
Scientists studying the best combination of powdered metal with magnetic character (iron, silicon, cobalt, nickel) which will be injected into the mold of plastic polymers. This technique will allow the metal powders create complex parts that are difficult and expensive to produce mechanical energy inelectric generators.
According to Professor Torralba, one of the advantages of PIM technology that users designing materials by mold modification, easily manufactured to the exact same millions of pieces in a simple way, fast and reasonably priced. Scientists hope that the project will be completed next year, they will have the first prototype electric generator using Power Injection Moulding technology.
Power Injection Moulding technology can be used in wind power generators and other alternative energy sources
, such as hydro and geothermal. This technology can be used in areas that have tidal like the west coast of Canada, the west coast of Southeast Asia, Australia, Spain and the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar.
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