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TAILORed Energy Distributions for Laser WELDing

Objective

Laser beam welding is a high-performance joining process that is rapidly growing; highlighted by the fact that the global market for laser welding equipment has grown 50% since 2004, and was worth €1.1 Billion in 2011. The market is expected to grow a further 6% in 2012, and approximately 50% of revenues are generated from sales to European manufacturers. The large increase in uptake observed since 2004 has primarily been driven by recent developments in solid-state laser technology leading to the commercial availability of fibre-delivered Yb-fibre, Yb:YAG disc and direct diode laser sources, which have resulted in improved capital cost and reduced operating costs. However, despite these cost reductions and potential benefits, the uptake of laser welding technology is still limited, especially amongst SMEs, for three related reasons: complexity, lack of flexibility, and difficulties in using lasers for ‘non-standard’ welds.

Most existing laser systems are fitted with either a standard process head or a 2D galvanometer scanner – both of which deliver a ‘standard’ Gaussian or ‘top-hat’ energy distribution to the work piece. However, this relatively simplistic energy distribution is not directly suitable for many applications and significant laser welding expertise is required in order to develop acceptable process parameters. Laser beam welding with a tailored energy distribution produced by a galvanometer beam scanner is possible, but this technology is not economically attractive. Diffractive optical elements are a robust, simple tool and are capable of producing (virtually) unlimited tailored energy distributions.

The aim of the TAILOR:WELD project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative laser welding system, that uses simple and robust diffractive optical elements, which will increase the flexibility and simplify the application of laser welding; removing the key barrier to entry for a large number of SME fabricators.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 935 045
Administrative Contact
Luisa Coutinho (Prof.)

Participants (8)

VIP VERY IMPORTANT PRODUCTS MASCHINENVERTRIEBS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 34 578,80
Address
Industriestrasse 129
75417 Muhlacker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Kuhn (Mr.)
HOLO-OR LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 47 115
Address
Einstein Street 13 B
74036 Ness Ziona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michal Shechter (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE INSTRUMENTEN COMPAGNIENEDINSCO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 60 168
Address
Jan Van Riebeeckweg 5
5928 LG Venlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Van Bokhoven (Mr.)
IMPACT CLEAN POWER TECHNOLOGY SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 23 503,60
Address
Ul Mokotowska 1
00 640 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rafal Weralski (Mr.)
KARKKAINEN TERO KALEVI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 49 680
Address
Vahakarantie 14-18 As 11
24800 Halikko
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tero Kalevi Karkkainen (Mr.)
GRAHAM ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 37 041,60
Address
Edward Street Unit 1A Whitewalls Industrial Estate
BB9 8SY Nelson Lancashire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Kelly (Mr.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 34 618
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Lundebring (Mrs.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 63 250
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amanda Beeson (Mrs.)