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Additive Manufacturing Optimization and Simulation Platform for repairing and re-manufacturing of aerospace components

Objective

This research project focuses on several key Direct Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes that have great potential to be used as cost-effective and efficient repairing and re-manufacturing processes for aerospace components such as turbine blades and landing gears. This project aims to conduct fundamental research to understand the material integrity through chosen DED AM processes, the accuracy and limitations of these deposition processes, effective defect geometry mapping and generation methods, and automated and hybrid DED and post-deposition machining strategies. This project intends to connect repair and re-manufacturing strategies with design through accurate DED process simulation and novel multi-disciplinary design optimisation (MDO) methods to ultimately reduce the weakness of aerospace component at design stage and prolong their the lifecycles. Both powder-based and wire-based DED systems will be investigated to establish an across-the-board comparative study. The data collected through this comprehensive comparative study will be extremely valuable for the OEMs of this project (i.e. GKN, PWC, and HDI) to understand the pros and cons of these DED systems and will help them to select suitable repair and re-manufacturing strategies. The tests conducted in this research are also extremely beneficial for the SMEs in this project (i.e. Liburdi, AV&R, DPS) to validate their existing repairing systems and techniques.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2015_SingleStage-A
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 555 501,25

Participants (3)

ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 174 062,50
Address
Rue De La Noe 1
44321 Nantes Cedex 3
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 490 000
Address
-
46181 Trollhaettan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DIGITAL PRODUCT SIMULATION
France
EU contribution
€ 176 625
Address
108 Avenue Jean Moulin
78170 La Celle Saint-cloud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)