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Macro, Micro and Nano Aspects of Machining

Objective

The use of titanium, nickel-base, and cobalt-base alloys is necessary for the production of turbine parts and other components in the aerospace and the power generation industry due to their high strength even at elevated temperatures. On the other hand, these materials are known as the most difficult-to-machine metallic materials and so far, only small progress has been made to improve their machinability. During the production of turbine components up to 50% of the manufacturing costs can be related to machining. The reduction of the production costs by the optimization of the cutting process is mandatory for European manufacturers to remain internationally competitive. The MAMINA project will combine the work of 19 European universities, research institutions and industrial companies to analyse and improve the machinability of three selected alloys that are widely used in industry, namely Ti15V3Cr3Al3Sn, a titanium alloy, Inconel IN706, a nickel-base superalloy, and X40, a cobalt-base alloy. As the chip formation is one of the key factors influencing the machinability of these materials, this process will be studied in detail in a multidisciplinary approach. 24 ESR from the fields of theoretical physics, material science and mechanical engineering will be trained and work under the supervision of experienced scientists on cutting experiments, material analyses and simulations at the macro, micro- and nano-scale. Three different approaches will be made to improve the cutting process of the investigated alloys: 1. the introduction of enhanced manufacturing techniques, 2. the production of progressive tools with extended endurance, and 3. the development of free-machining alloys by the use of permanent and temporary alloying elements. The results will be transferred to applications by the industrial partners of the consortium. It is expected that the production costs during machining will be reduced up to 20%.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 022 784,10
Administrative Contact
Joachim Rösler (Prof.)

Participants (7)

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 288 005,27
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johann Michler (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 945,59
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
POLITECHNIKA LODZKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 237 977,27
Address
Ulica Zeromskiego 116
90 924 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bogdan Grzegorz Wendler (Prof.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 572 899,77
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raymond Kent (Dr.)
USTAV MATERIALOVEHO VYSKUMU SLOVENS KEJ AKADEMIE VIED*INSTITUTE OF MATE RIALS RESEARCH SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SC IENCES
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 453 378,18
Address
Watsonova 47
04353 Kosice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karel Saksl (Dr.)
TAMPEREEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 299 054,79
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veli-Tapani Kuokkala (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 551 999,77
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)