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New tools and processes for improving machining of heat resistant alloys used in aerospace applications (MACHERENA)

Objective

The main objective of the project is the improvement of tools for the machining of heat resistant aeronautic materials. This improvement will translate into larger tool life, better finishing quality of the part or process speed up. This will involve a significant reduction of the machining costs of these materials, and thus the manufacturing costs of the aeronautical parts.
The following processes will be evaluated: drilling, milling and turning. The materials that will be tested are: Ni-Fe alloys, Ni alloys and TiAl intermetallic.
The project aims at improving the tools by means of:
-redesign of the tools
-development and applications of super hard and high toughness nanocomposite coatings
-development of advanced machining processes (high pressure cooling machining)
The nanocomposite coatings will be optimised at laboratory level on samples with the assistance of its characterization (hardness, friction, wear, adhesion, etc) and surface analysis. The optimised treatments will be applied on the selected tools.
The tools performance will be tested both at laboratory level and in industrial conditions: life, failure mode or cooling required will be some parameters that will be tested. Additionally, the failure mechanism of the tested tools will be evaluated, so the optimisation of the tools can be properly oriented. Finally, the tools will be used in the manufacturing of demonstrators, so the developed processes are validated in real working conditions.
The results of this project will lead to a decrease in the manufacturing cost of difficult to machine materials, which will increase competitiveness of aeronautical industry. Furthermore, in the case of Ni alloys or TiAl intermetallic a reduction of these costs will allow the inclusion of a higher number of parts manufactured with these materials in aero engines. In the long term this will result in the production of smaller engines, with improved fuel efficiency.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-AERO-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

MECANIZADOS ESCRIBANO S.L.
Address
Calle Portugal Número 52, Polígono Industrial Las Acacias
Mejorada Del Campo (Madrid)
Spain

Participants (8)

E.A.D.S CASA ESPACIO S.L.
Spain
Address
Avda. Aragón 404
Madrid
ETS ECHEVERRIA ET FILS
France
Address
Rue Du Tunel
Hendaye
GEYCA GESTION Y CALIDAD S.L.
Spain
Address
C/claudio Moyano, 4 2°
Valladolid
PLATIT AG
Switzerland
Address
Moosstrasse 68
Grenchen
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
SHM LTD.
Czechia
Address
Novy Malin, 266
Novy Malin
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
Muenchen
UNIMERCO AS
Denmark
Address
Drejervej 2
Sunds