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CEO of Hydro ASA, Hilde Merete Aasheim, recently got a quick course in how the close collaboration with CASA leads to competitive advantages for the aluminium company.
CEO Hilde Merete Aasheim and Chief Technology Officer Hans Erik Vatne paid a visit to the test facilities of SIMLab, as part of the annual Hydro Day in Trondheim. The director of SFI CASA, Magnus Langseth, gave the guests a quick presentation on innovation based on cutting edge research in the Centre.
Hydro ASA is one of the world´s top 10 aluminium producers and has a long history of supporting research both at NTNU and at the research group SIMLab. The group is host to SFI CASA, where Hydro is one of 14 partners.
A substantial part of the research is focusing on crashes and collisions, and the excellent energy absorption ability of aluminium. The long-term support and collaboration with Hydro pay off – for both parts. Langseth gave examples of competitive advantages, some already available and put to use by partners.
One specific case presented by Langseth, was about optimising an automotive structure or part. Coupling Hydro´s micromechanical model Hydro-Pro3TM and the simulation tools in CASA´s Virtual Laboratory enables forming simulations, crash simulations and paint-bake cycle simulations.
Thus, in addition to design, production and purchase of alloys, simulations on the material´s behaviour under an impact could be added to the value chain. According to Langseth, this opens for increased competitive advantages and improved customer satisfaction.
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The visitors from Hydro also got the opportunity to see a crash test of one of their aluminium profiles in the kicking machine. After the visit, they expressed their gratitude for the demonstration and the presentation of CASA´ capabilities.
«We always appreciate it when our partners come to visit and allow us to present the Centre and our research. It is important for us», Magnus Langseth says.