- OTL Udec
ALUMINUM INTO AN
Oficina de Transferencia y Licenciamiento
75% of aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Recycling of aluminum reduces
the production of more than 90 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Global recycling rates
are high with greater than 98% in Brazil, more than 90% in Argentina and most other
countries exceeding 60%. Recycling is favored because there is no loss in quality and
the process for recycling is up to 95% less energy intensive than obtaining aluminum
from bauxite ore. Almost all cans recycled are turned into more cans.
Researchers at UdeC have determined a way to use that same scrap aluminum and turn
it into a value added product in the form of structural materials. The process uses only
aluminum scrap at comparable conditions, produces no waste, and generates a
composite which exhibits microstructure properties suitable for structural use.
The de novo process produces a material that is similar in tensile strength to 6063 and
6061 aluminum alloys and has greater rigidity than those alloys.
OTLUdeC is seeking a manufacturing partner to implement this technology at scale.
Claudia Carrasco Carrasco
Department of Materials Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Patent application filed in Chile,
Sandra Araya Tapia
Office of Technology Licensing
(56 - 41) 2207489
Barrio Universitario s/n
(56 - 41) 2204509