EMUSIC mid-term report shows progress being made on improving manufacturing efficiency

The Efficient Manufacturing for Aerospace Components USing Additive Manufacturing, Net Shape HIP and Investment Casting (EMUSIC) project has published its summary mid-term report. The report shows progress is being made in improving the quality of net shape manufacturing processes, which is important in improving the quality of components whilst reducing the cost and the environmental impact.

At the halfway stage initial trials have been carried out to manufacture several selected aerospace components, with strong interactions between the modellers and the processors aimed at optimising the process-routes and reducing costs by making shapes as near as possible to net shape and thus minimising the need to carry out post-process machining.

Figure 3 (a) showing modelling of filling and (b) the actual castings produced of the gimbal and frame connector after cleaning up the castings.
Figure (a) showing modelling of filling and (b) the actual castings produced of the gimbal and frame connector after cleaning up the castings.

 

The future work in all areas is focussed on improving the dimensional accuracy of the components and in a few cases improving the mechanical properties so that they meet specifications. When the final processing details are selected the processors will define the cost of each process route. The aim is to produce the final demonstrator components so that the end users can assess them and report on them at the final meeting scheduled for March 2019. If these aims are achieved the end-users will benefit and similar work should be carried out on other components so that industry is more cost-effective and causes less waste and pollution.

EMUSIC was launched on March 31 2016 to assess the potential of several net shape processes for manufacturing components for aerospace. The project is scheduled to run until 31 March 2019. The EMUSIC has a total of 18 participants, 11 from the EU and 7 from China. The University of Birmingham is responsible for coordinating the project.

To read, the summary report, please click on the link below:

EMUSIC summary mid-term report (PDF)

Posted on Tuesday 16th January 2018