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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;
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THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 884 368,61

Participants (11)

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GENERAL ELECTRIC (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 278 500

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 212 285,89

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 478 413,75

LASER OPTICAL ENGINEERING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 514 735

PERMANOVA LASERSYSTEM AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 215 162,50

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 399 841,25

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 439 700

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 77 080

BITADDICT AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 83 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 636932

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 793 802

  • EU contribution

    € 3 583 212

Coordinated by:

THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom