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EPSRC Reference: GR/K69018/01
Title: RAPID RESPONSE AEROSPACE MANUFACTURE
Principal Investigator: Gindy, Professor N
Other Investigators:
Ratchev, Dr T Ratchev, Professor SM Wykes, Dr C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BAE Systems Bombardier Giddings and Lewis INC
MBDA Parametric Technology (U K) Ltd Pre Nexus Migration
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Sch of Mech Materials Manuf Eng Mgt
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 1995 Ends: 31 October 1999 Value (£): 1,243,436
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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The research seeks to exploit technological advances in machine tool structures, process monitoring and control and non-product specific holding/fixturing systems to build an integrated environment for rapid component manufacture in which manufacturing responsiveness can be improved. The aim is to tightly couple component design information, non-specific holding/fixturing methods, machine operations planning, CNC code generation and process control into a rapid response manufacturing environment for producing finished parts using appropriate levels of operator intervention. This will be achieved through the development of an integrated environment - a Rapid Response Manufacturing Cell (RRMC) - to act as a testbed for one-of-a-kind/small batch machined parts. Feature based design; in-process and post-process monitoring and control and learning strategies; modular, magnetic and bi-phase materials are among the methodologies and systems used in the research.
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