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Viable composite material welding

Using thermodynamic and mathematical simulation models, a specialist team of highly qualified former military scientists has developed a low cost technical solution for gas-thermal synthesis of disperse composite powder base materials.
Viable composite material welding
An institute in Belarus is currently involved with the investigation and the development of advanced methods for phase composition within arc welding, and plasma and flame spraying techniques. The principle target is to ensure that composite material welding can be commercially viable, whereas today's technology suffers from extensive labour consumption thus rendering it over-expensive.

The project team consists of ex-military engineers and scientists, and their aim is to successfully transfer their acquired military knowledge and experience over to the commercial sector. For commercial reasons, the scientists had to ensure that the Complex Gaseous Systems (CGS) and Complex Oxide Compounds, which constitute the basis of this technology would be ecologically friendly.

Also, an advanced software system was developed, significantly enhancing the quality and efficiency of the protective coating technologies, and in turn significantly lowering the costs of the welding materials. The software also reduces manufacturing costs, such that large premises and expensive equipment is not required for the practical and commercial implementation of this technology.

The project established seven individual roles that had to be performed, and as each one was successfully accomplished, they moved forwards and on to the next phase. The end results mean that there is a broad implementation application in the development of advanced composite materials; for example welding production, specialist coatings, parts repair and special purpose manufacturing.

Whilst the research institute is available for consultancy, they are currently looking for collaboration within the framework of the ISTC, and would welcome non-financial contributions from International contributors. The expected contribution from collaborators includes analysis and consultancy recommendations, information exchange, reviewing technical reports and joint participation in seminars etc.
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