Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018


4L-Alloys is a lifelong learning project on Light Metals, addressing topics such as raw materials, recycling, life cycle analysis, design and manufacturing for easy disassembling and post-consumer scrap management. 4L-Alloys School intends to promote sustainability in production, manufacturing and use of Light Alloys (Al- and Mg-based) by addressing three specific objectives:

  • a highly industry-oriented 1-week intensive School, focussed on Recycling (Scrap sorting and analysis, Impurities from recycling, New secondary alloys), New Raw Materials, Critical Raw Materials in Aluminium & Magnesium alloys, Applications, LCA perspective;
  • supporting an applied knowledge about sustainability, by various “in-field lab sessions”, on alloys design, production and recycling, manufacturing of light alloys components, applying LCA methodologies);
  • elaborating a pilot MOOC module, for an increased dissemination of the project contents and outcomes.

The solution (technology)

This lifelong learning project consists of

  • 1-week intensive school, taught by an international panel of Industry and Academy experts,
  • 5 “in-field lab sessions” (addressed to design of alloys, foundry lab, High Pressure Diecasting lab, LCA tools application, advanced techniques for scraps recovering), carried out on industry site or at partner locations,
  • a pilot version of a MOOC module on light alloys for sustainable products.


  • University of Padova, Italy (Lead Partner)
  • Tecnalia, Spain
  • KTH – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
  • RWTH – University of Aachen, Germany
  • Katholieke Universiteit KU Leuven, Belgium
  • WPI – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • SAEN SpA, Italy

For more information, please visit the project website.