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Low force mobile friction stir welding system for on-site marine fabrication

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The MobiWeld project will develop a prototype, mobile Friction Stir Welding (FSW) system, which will be designed and constructed for use in final fabrication/assembly in a shipyard environment.
It will deliver the following benefits:
• Offer a superior method of fabricating aluminium ship panelling – reducing fabrication costs of ships and ship components by €500k for a 2,000 tonne cruise liner
• Develop a new, IP protectable, automated welding system to be supplied to the market by the SMEs in the consortium – with potential for sales of €75m to benefit European SMEs
• Improve the productivity of the European ship building and fabrication market to enable improved competitiveness against low-labour rate competitors
• Accelerate the adoption of aluminium vessels (through lowing the cost of manufacture), which enable significant improvements, lower running costs (lower fuel consumption) and lower CO2 emissions

A new FSW technique uses a novel FSW tool called a “floating-bobbin” which allows welds to be made with almost zero, vertical force on the plates, to be welded by a FSW machine. This subsequently requires much lower forces to make a weld and therefore the associated FSW machine can be made much smaller, less expensive, and critically mobile - thereby allowing this technology to be more widely used for in-situ fabrication in shipyards.

The international competitiveness of the European shipbuilding industry is of increasing concern, while current world-leaders, the far-east (especially Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan) and the US are rapidly improving the quality and performance of their vessels – primarily through the adoption of aluminium in ships. European SMEs involved in the industry need to optimise their production methods very quickly to stay competitive with shipyards all around the world.

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FP7-SME-2012
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Koordynator

ABIS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPK
Adres
Ul. Kamienna 17
30 199 Rzaska
Polska
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Wkład UE
€ 286 731
Kontakt administracyjny
Piotr Bistroń (Mr.)

Uczestnicy (7)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Zakończenie uczestnictwa

Finlandia
Adres
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Rodzaj działalności
Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Tapio Heikkilä (Dr.)
META VISION SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 162 451
Adres
Oakfield Industrial Estate
OX29 4TH Eynsham
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Jonathan Moore (Mr.)
Dennis Allen
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 166 381
Adres
Grovebury Road Unit 11
LU7 4FF Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Dennis Allen (Mr.)
STIRZONE GMBH
Austria
Wkład UE
€ 212 098
Adres
Hugo-wolf-gasse 8C
8010 Graz
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Gunter Figner (Mr.)
BOLUDA DIVISION INDUSTRIAL SL
Hiszpania
Wkład UE
€ 223 214
Adres
Calle Joiers, Vial A, Nave 9 17-19
08184 Palau Solita I Plegamans
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Marta Mur (Mrs.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 45 826
Adres
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Amanda Beeson (Mrs.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finlandia
Wkład UE
€ 31 299
Adres
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Rodzaj działalności
Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Tapio Heikkilä (Dr.)