The aerospace industry increasingly experiences needs for new materials applications, such as fiber-metal laminates/metal-matrix composites and new aluminum/titanium/nickel alloys. A major challenge for the aerospace industry is to ensure that product manufacturing processes are adaptable enough to handle these new materials. The challenge is also to integrate these new materials technologies with existing forming processes or novel forming technologies. Advanced manufacturing technologies and value-added practices in design and production are important for the aerospace industry to reduce manufacturing costs and produce excellent quality and high-value aerospace vehicles.
The materials and processes being used in the aerospace industry are often very expensive
because of the limited number of aerospace alloys and manufacturing processes that are
qualified for the design codes and government safety regulations. Therefore, the aerospace industry is greatly interested in developing and implementing flexible net-shape forming processes to replace or minimize expensive conventional manufacturing processes such as machining and forging.
To meet this need, EWI is launching a new Aerospace Forming Consortium. A decision to fund the implementation of the flexible net-shape forming processes can be beyond the risk tolerance of any individual company or group within the aerospace industry.
A meeting to introduce the new consortium, planned for May 8, 2018 (concurrent to AeroMat 2018 in Orlando), will bring together OEMs, part suppliers, material producers, forming equipment builders, and academia to discuss important issues related to the current practice and advancement of sheet metal forming technology in the aerospace industry.
Technical presentations and discussions will feature the following:
- Advanced flow forming and spinning processes
- The incremental radial forging of turbine blade preforms and hollow-shafts
- Applications of real-time and nondestructive monitoring tools for cold forming aerospace structural parts
Join us for a welcome reception at 5:00 pm in the Naples 3 meeting room, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida, on May 8. Technical presentations and discussions will run from 5:00 pm through 6:30 pm. Hors d’ouevres will be served.