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EPSRC Reference: GR/K67465/01
Title: IMI: LAMINATE SOLUTIONS TO TOOLING FOR RAPID MANUFACTURING (LASTFORM)
Principal Investigator: Childs, Professor Emeritus T
Other Investigators:
Dalgarno, Professor KW
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Project Partners:
Airbus Group Limited BAE Systems Bombardier
Pre Nexus Migration Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Rover Ltd
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 1996 Ends: 31 August 1999 Value (£): 221,949
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Transport Systems and Vehicles
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The aim is to develop strategies and to research engineering solutions for the rapid creation of tooling for prototype and small batch aerospace manufacture. The final goal will be tooling to withstand 900oC for superplastic forming with diffusion bonding. The materials needs of this suggest a powder consolidation route. It is proposed that the tooling be built up by the sintering of powders layer by layer, delivered to the working zone in polymer bonded tape form. The high temperature tooling need would be approached in stages by the selection of powder materials (metals, cermets, ceramics) suitable for applications from room, through intermediate, to high temperature. The initial work will be the design and build of a research sintering machine and establishing the mechanical behaviour of different powder/binder tape systems. In a second phase, a range of tape cutting, bonding and sintering possibilities will be studied, in order to select preferred routes for a third stage of prototype tool build and test (with the industrial collaborators). The benefit of success would be the removal of tooling bottlenecks on the critical path of new component development.
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