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

Objective

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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ABIS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPK
Address
Ul. Kamienna 17
30 199 Rzaska
Poland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 286 731
Administrative Contact
Piotr Bistroń (Mr.)

Participants (7)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

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