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EPSRC Reference: GR/N17171/01
Title: CONTINUOUS WIRE CASTING-FOR COST EFFECTIVE MANUFACTURE OF WIRES, ALLOYS, COMPOSITES AND NET-SHAPES
Principal Investigator: Guo, Professor ZX
Other Investigators:
Luo, Professor KH
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Project Partners:
Ministry of Defence (MOD) Phoenix Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Materials
Organisation: Queen Mary University of London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 2000 Ends: 30 November 2002 Value (£): 204,462
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Transport Systems and Vehicles
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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This collaborative programme involves both the Materials and Engineering Departments of QMW, in collaboration with three industrial organisations: PIS Ltd, materials manufacture system developer; Rolls Royce materials manufacturer / end-user; and the DERA, the UK R&D Centre for Structural Materials. The objective is to develop a novel casting technique for the production of continuous micro-wires of high temperature materials, initially using pure A1 as a model material. The technique bypasses a number of forming and heat-treating steps for wire production, offering great savings in energy, labour and materials resources, and is able to provide alloy wires that are difficult or impossible to produce by conventional methods. The wires may be used as a stand-alone product, e.g. welding wire, or as a pre-form for further processing into alloys, structures, composites and net-shapes of fine/uniform microstructure with much enhanced properties. The new technique enables the manufacture of clean micro-wires of highly reactive systems, such as TI and Ni alloys. Heat-flow and micromechanical models will be established to predict temperature variation and plastic-flow resistance for process optimisation. Model A1 wires with a uniform diameter, low-impurity content and fine microstructure will be produced at the end of the programme.
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