Extrapolation and technical and economic study of a Laser Beam Welding technology

EXTRA-LASER

Project timeline
Start:
October 2013
Duration:
12 months
End:
September 2014
General Information
Recent developments in the metallurgical field offer now laser weldable Al-alloys of the 2xxx series such as 2198 (Al-Cu-Li) with high structural efficiency index due to their high strength and low density. In the present project, butt and T shape welds from third generation Al-Li aluminum alloys will be manufactured with the available in-house laser beam welding facilities. Upon on the information gained in the project and in-house experience of the manufacturer a large, typical aeronautical structure with stiffeners will be manufactured and exploited in this project. A similar structure will be manufactured by the Topic Manager with the conventional riveting process. The projects aim to document the two processes (LBW and riveting), calculate the manufacturing costs of both structures, perform mechanical tests on the structures and finally compare the two structures in terms of the mechanical performance to manufacturing cost index. Besides cost, the environmental footprint of the two different structures will be calculated, as well the extrapolation of the LBW process from Laboratory to Industrial environment.
The project is co-funded by the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI) which is a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and industry following Article 171 of the Treaty.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaSP1-JTI-CS-2013-01
Project TypeClean Sky Project
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 620091
Co-ordinatorUniversity of the Aegean-Research Unit (GR)
Total Eligible Costs (€) HZG Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for HZG (€)
150.00055.00041.250
Contact Person at HZG Dr. Nikolai Kashaev, Institute of Materials Research, WMF Phone: +49 4152 87 2536, Fax : +49 4152 87 2549
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Participants
HELLENIC Aerospace Industry S.A. (GR), University Of The Aegean (GR)
Last Update: 15. May 2017