STANDARDS: YOUR INNOVATION BRIDGE. European Conference – 30th October , Brussels


StaCast (“New Quality and Design Standards for Aluminium Alloys Cast Products”, FP7, 2012-2014) has been addressed to the European Aluminium foundry industry (more than 2000 Companies, mostly SMEs), with the aim of supporting the exploitation of its enormous potential, mainly associated to the increasing demand of lightweight components. The open challenge is that of transforming this industry into a quality/efficiency-driven sector, by developing innovative Standards and Technical Reports useful for design and production of high quality and highly performing cast components.
StaCast main outcomes are:

  • public survey of EU Aluminium foundries, to understand their quality and standardisation requirements,
  • the development of a CEN Technical Report for a reliable classification of defects and imperfections in Aluminium alloys cast products,
  • the development of a CEN Technical Report with the procedure to evaluate mechanical potential of Aluminium-based foundry alloys,
  • the elaboration of engineering guidelines for the mechanical design of Aluminium alloys castings.


METEF 2014 Interview to Franco Bonollo

METEF 2014 – 11-13 June Verona, Italy

Franco Bonollo is full Professor of Metallurgy at the Department of Management and Engineering of Padova University. His scientific activity is focussed on light alloys and composites, foundry processes and their simulation, innovative welding techniques. He is author of about 160 scientific and technical papers. He is also co-Author of the books “Pressocolata delle leghe di alluminio: simulazione numerica del processo”, “Numerical Simulation of Foundry Processes”, “Alluminio: manuale degli Impieghi”, “Handbook of Defects in High Pressure Diecastings”. He won for two times (2000 and 2004) the “Dacco’ Prize”, which is yearly assigned for the best Italian paper on foundry topics. He has been Scientific Coordinator of the EC Leonardo Pilot Projects COPROFOUND (on Numerical simulation of Foundry Processes) and METRO (set up of metallurgy courses with e-learning methodologies). He has been leader of the WP “Quality Mapping” inside the EU Project IDEAL (2002-2005, on the optimisation of cast Aluminium automotive components. He has been Scientific Manager of the EC IP NADIA (New automotive components Designed for and manufactured by Intelligent processing of light Alloys, 2006-2010). He is also responsible of various research projects, carried out in cooperation with Italian and European industrial Companies.

Link: Interview to Franco Bonollo