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EPSRC Reference: GR/L66397/01
Title: MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION IN NI-BASE SUPERALLOY FORGINGS: PROCESS MODELLING AND VALIDATION
Principal Investigator: Roberts, Dr S
Other Investigators:
Robinson, Dr J Evans, Professor R Reed, Professor RC
Withers, Professor P
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Department: Materials Science & Metallurgy
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 1997 Ends: 31 August 2001 Value (£): 229,776
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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This research will develop computer -based models for the prediction of microstructure in Ni-base superalloy forgoing, which are destined for critical components in modern gas turbines. Validation will be undertaken by state-of-the-art microstructural characterisation together with both industrial- and laboratory- and laboratory- scale simulations. Critical aspects of the microstructural evolution will be characterised through the manufacturing stream, from the pre-supplied billet to the forged component, as delivered to the end-user. The successful application of this approach will result in;(a) improved process control and efficiency.(b) reduced time-to-market in the application of evolutionary alloys.(c) a greater understanding of the factors which result in defects in superalloy forgiving.
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