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Real-time dynamic control system for laser welding

Objective

RADICLE aims to create a real-time dynamic control system for laser welding using a combination of (application specific) sensors in combination with intelligent and predictive control technologies for in-process monitoring and control to minimize/eliminate defects for a range of materials and geometries for both aerospace, automotive and other applications. The control system will include pre- and post-welding measurement as well as in-process monitoring, control and fault prevention / fixing. The project has 4 large, end-user partners - Rolls-Royce, Alstom, GKN and CRF (FIAT) therefore the impact of RADICLE is expected to be very large.

The overall impacts of successful implementation of the RADICLE technology through our consortium and the wider welding sectors will enable us to achieve the following impacts:
- Increased productivity of up to 30%, resulting in:
- 30% reduced energy usage;
- 30% reduced emissions;
- Eliminate the need for part scrappage or rework (up to 20%-30% of labour input);
- Reduction or removal of the need for final NDE testing of the parts;
- Remove need for large enclosed remote welding rooms (~35% floor space reduction);
- Increase health and safety benefits;

In addition, RADICLE will contribute to the wider Europe 2020 targets, through:
- Increased employment of 20-64 year-olds;
- Increased R&D spending;
- Reduced energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions;
- Increased education, especially at third level education;

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment

Call for proposal

H2020-FoF-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED
Address
Pilot Way, Ansty Business Park
CV7 9JU Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 884 368,61

Participants (10)

GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Brown Boveri Strasse 7
5401 Baden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 278 500
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 212 285,89
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 478 413,75
Address
-
46181 Trollhaettan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LASER OPTICAL ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 514 735
Address
18 Grange Avenue
LE11 3X2 Loughborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PERMANOVA LASERSYSTEM AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 215 162,50
Address
Krokslatts Fabriker 30
431 37 Molndal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 399 841,25
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 439 700
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 77 080
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
BITADDICT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 83 125
Address
Alsjohojdsvagen 10
443 72 Grabo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)