Long-life Hot Dip Coated Wire

Long-life Hot Dip Coated Wire

This project brings together Deakin University, Infrabuild Wire and InfraBuild Manufacturing to deliver advancements across both wire and reinforcing products.

The team will deliver process and material innovations to InfraBuild Wire’s hot dipped coated steel wire products, targeting greatly enhanced durability in a variety of conditions. An initial strategy to improve corrosion resistance, while maintaining sufficient ductility, will focus on optimal levels of additions and thermal processing. Outcomes from the research into these new alloys and processes will allow near-term commercial adoption. Next-generation, environmentally friendly protective coating formulations will also be designed and developed, with a longer-term view towards commercial adoption.

1/10/2021- 30/09/2026

The team will deliver process and material innovations to InfraBuild Wire’s hot dipped coated steel wire products, targeting greatly enhanced durability in a variety of conditions. An initial strategy to improve corrosion resistance, while maintaining sufficient ductility, will focus on optimal levels of additions and thermal processing. Outcomes from the research into these new alloys and processes will allow near-term commercial adoption. Next-generation, environmentally friendly protective coating formulations will also be designed and developed, with a longer-term view towards commercial adoption.

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University of Wollongong

Status

Ongoing

Principal Lead

Associate Professor Daniel Fabijanic

A/Prof Fabijanic is a metallurgist with a specialisation in the research fields of surface engineering, surface degradation of metals, metal additive manufacturing, and high entropy alloys. The main thrust of the research is understand the mechanisms of surface related failure (wear, oxidation and corrosion) in metals and to develop novel surface modifications to counter these degradation mechanisms. Examples include laser cladding high entropy alloys on superalloys for high temperature oxidation resistance (ARC IIRH Additive manufacturing and AISRF grant), high entropy metal matrix composite claddings for extreme wear environments (ARC IITC mineAlloy), and the design of surface modifications for titanium to resist erosion/corrosion in the extreme environments of hydrometallurgy reactors (CRCp).

In the ARC Steel Hub he leads research conducted in partnership with InfraBuild Wire and Manufacturing focussed on novel thermo-mechanical processing routes to create high strength reinforcement bar, and on developing new hot dip zinc coatings and processes for wire product.

Researchers

Dr Robert Fabien

Dr Fabien is Innovation and Intellectual Property Manager at InfraBuild. He manages a small team focussed on intellectual property, new opportunities, market insight and market support. Dr Fabien holds degrees in Chemistry and Food Technology from the University of Bordeaux in France. A Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Western Sydney and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Dr Fabien has been at BHP/OneSteel/InfraBuild for 23 years and has a background in coatings, corrosion, Innovation management and Intellectual Property.