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EPSRC Reference: GR/N21734/01
Title: LASER FORMING OF AEROSPACE ALLOYS - A DIRECT FABRICATION TECHNIQUE
Principal Investigator: Jones, Professor JDC
Other Investigators:
Moore, Professor AJ Hand, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BAE Systems Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2000 Ends: 30 April 2004 Value (£): 232,764
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Related Grants:
GR/N21581/01 GR/N21550/01
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The subject of the proposal is laser forming (LF), realised by introducing thermal stresses into the surface of a workpiece with a laser beam, to induce plastic strains that result in local elastic-plastic forming. The overall aim is to develop LF as a flexible fabrication technique without mechanical contact and hence avoiding expensive hard tooling. The project is stimulated by the needs of the aerospace industry, at British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce.A primary objective is to understand the LF process to implement it for the practical applications by a series of experiments and modelling. Information will be extracted from the experiments by in-process and inter-operational monitoring developed at HW. We shall use the results of the experiments and model to determine the extent to which in-process control will be required for practical application. The project will culminate in practical LF systems for further development by BAe and RR.
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