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High Quality Tube and Pipe Production by Hybrid Welding

Objective

Hybrid laser-arc welding offers many advantages compared with conventional arc or laser welding. The process does, however require a high level of control if high quality welds are to be produced. This proposal tackles the issues of weld quality and productivity improvement for manufacturing pipes through development of advanced sensors for the hybrid laser-arc welding process. Hybrid process development must be performed for each material to be welded, with the main focus in this proposal being on austenitic stainless steels and C-Mn steels. By developing and integrating sensors that monitor weld quality and allow process modification, the project will increase the quality and productivity of European pipe manufacture beyond the state of the art, enabling it to overcome foreign competition which is particularly increasing from countries outside Europe like India, China and Turkey. Problems facing tube manufacturers include, production of too much scrap product due to process inconsistencies, lack of on-line quality control, inconsistent equipment operation, inconsistent joint preparation and presentation, lack of productivity and reliance on the skill of operators to change process parameters to maintain weld quality. Last but not least, explicit consideration will be given to health, safety, environment and quality issues, by ensuring that where physical interaction with the process is required, the risks to operators, environment and product are minimised. The automation of monitoring and the adaptation of the welding process accordingly, will ensure a better product quality. As the majority of welded tubes or pipes carry hazardous materials, this improvement in pipeline weld quality greatly reduces the risk of environmental disasters through pipeline failure and injury or loss of life associated with it because mechanical failure is the third most frequent cause of spills for oil lines.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 55 864,54
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (9)

BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZALAPITVANY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 5 000
Address
Fehervari Ut 130
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zoltán Hoffmann (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 000
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lynda Price (Ms.)
S & F SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 545,45
Address
Steinbachstr 15
52074 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Fohn (Mr.)
Csepeli Spiralcsogyar Termelo, Kereskedelmi es Szolgaltato Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 90 900
Address
Terelo U 18
Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lászlóné Fagyas (Ms.)
PRECITEC OPTRONIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 120 400
Address
Raiffeisenstrasse 5
63110 Rodgau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Kogel-Hollacher (Mr.)
PHOTONFOCUS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 209 400
Address
Bahnhofplatz 10
8853 Lachen Sz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Krist (Mr.)
META VISION SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 132 900
Address
Oakfield Industrial Estate
OX29 4TH Eynsham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellen Secknus (Ms.)
SCHOELLER WERK GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 000
Address
Im Kirschseiffen .
53940 Hellenthal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Mensinger (Mr.)
ONDERZOEKSCENTRUM VOOR AANWENDING VAN STAAL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 28 500
Address
Pres. John Kennedylaan 3
9060 Zelzate
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Van De Slycke (Mr.)