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Welding of airframes by friction stir (WAFS)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2000-00191

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    28 February 2003

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 064 896

  • EU contribution

    € 2 532 449

Coordinated by:

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

United Kingdom

Objective

Airframes are made by mechanically fastening subcomponents together or by integrally NC machining them from solid material. Mechanical fastening suffers from a weight penalty, difficulty of automation, requirement for sealants and corrosion problems. NC machining is a wasteful process in terms of time, energy and raw material. Welding can provide cost savings of up to 30% and weight savings of up to 10%. FSW has great potential for manufacturing airframes. Therefore the objective of the WAFS project is to, Advance the state of the art of Friction stir Welding (FSW) to enable the widespread adoption of the technology to primary structures in airframes. Project outputs and areas of innovation will be FSW tool designs and process parameters; new techniques for improvement of properties of joints made with FSW; repair procedures FSW; design data and rules in airframe applications and modelling tools for FSW.

Coordinator

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

Address

Warwick House, Farnborough Aerospace Centre
Gu14 6yu Farnborough

United Kingdom

Participants (13)

AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

AIRBUS UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

ALENIA AERONAUTICA SPA

Italy

ALENIA SPAZIO S.P.A.

Italy

EADS CASA ESPACIO S.L

Spain

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE

Germany

GIE EADS CCR

France

GKSS - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GEESTHACHT GMBH

Germany

INSTITUT DE SOUDURE

France

PECHINEY S.A.

France

SA BELGE DE CONSTRUCTIONS AERONAUTIQUES S.A.

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2000-00191

  • Start date

    1 March 2000

  • End date

    28 February 2003

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 064 896

  • EU contribution

    € 2 532 449

Coordinated by:

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

United Kingdom