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EPSRC Reference: GR/M95868/01
Title: DARP: INNOVATION OF AGE-FORMING THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DAMAGE TOLERANT ALLOYS
Principal Investigator: Gregson, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Christodoulou, Dr L Cerezo, Professor A Sinclair, Professor I
Starink, Professor M O'Reilly, Professor K Ryan, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Airbus Group Limited British Aluminium Ltd QinetiQ
Westland
Department: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 2000 Ends: 31 July 2004 Value (£): 384,487
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
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The programme aims to provide impetus for the age-forming process through the development of new Al-Cu based alloys for damage tolerant aerospace applications, thus providing a novel, cost-effective process route for structural components. A multidisciplinary team using the the best expertise, the best facilities and classified industrial research data (shared in the DARP-AMA network) at 3 universities, industrial partners and DERA will undertake 4 networked projects within the framework of the DARP-AMA. A PDRA at Southampton will focus on analysis and modelling of fatigue and fracture toughness of age-formed alloys including screening of mechanical properties of novel alloys designed for age-forming and a comprehensive assessment of damage tolerance of optimised alloys / process conditions. A second PDRA at Southamton will study microstructure evolution during age-forming in the novel Al alloys including quantitative calorimetric studies and modelling of monotonic properties. A PS at Oxford will work on the analysis of the fine microstructures of the alloys to include 3DAP analysis. A PS at Imperial College will analyse the environmental susceptibility of the novel damage tolerant alloys.This DARP programme will deliver industrially focussed, high quality scientific research to underpin future technology requirements, and well-trained researchers to promote knowledge transfer.
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