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Multilaser Additive Layer Manufacturing of Tiles

Objective

Laser Additive Layer Manufacturing of tiles in various nickel superalloys has been demonstrated at TRL4. Considerable investment has been made in developing materials data for the processes of record employed on the current generation of equipment, however this equipment is for general purpose prototyping and is not capable of high volume, low cost production of flight parts.

The objective of this project is to develop a second generation machine suitable for low cost manufacture while maintaining process equivalence to the current processes of record. This will be achieved by the use of multiple lasers to address a larger build envelope and will otherwise be in line with the capability requirements stated in the topic call.

The Participants will first agree the requirements for the machine with the Topic Manager. From this a functional specification will be developed, embodying the essential design concepts to be realised. A test rig will be constructed and operated in order to explore methods for controlling the overlap areas between laser fields. An alpha system will be designed, constructed and tested in accordance with the functional specification and incorporating the learning from the test rig. A subsequent prototype machine, being a development of the alpha machine, will be designed built & tested prior to installation in a representative production environment. Validation testing will be performed on this machine in order to establish (1) metallurgical equivalence to the current processes of record, (2) accuracy, in particular in overlap regions, (3) system reliability and (4) cost of ownership metrics.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

SP1-JTI-CS-2012-03
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CS - Joint Technology Initiatives - Clean Sky

Coordinator

MATERIALS SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Address
Faraday House Sir William Siemens
GU16 8QD Camberley Surrey
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 255 093,85
Administrative Contact
Gordon Green (Dr.)

Participants (2)

EOS GMBH ELECTRO OPTICAL SYSTEMS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 960 165
Address
Robert Stirling Ring 1
82152 Krailling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Shellabear (Dr.)
MATERIALS SOLUTIONS LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 405,75
Address
Western Road 26
NP7 7AD Abergavenny
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gordon Robert Green (Dr.)