The AVLAM project is industry driven and TWI is leading the project because of its experience, both technical and project management. TWI has the overall responsibility for the success of the project, and will draw on the knowledge gained from previous successful DTI projects. Each work package (WP) will be led by the listed partner, and TWI is responsible to maintain an overview and to ensure that the WP administration and the milestones are achieved.
WP1 Component selection - lead by EADS
Select and characterise a number of components, both new and redesigned suitable for ALM. Full lifecycle and business case generation studies will also be included. The work package also considers fabricating hollow structures and hybrid build.
WP2 Software development - lead by Materialise
Software and tool kit development for manufacture innovative structures. The software to ensure that the novel structures described in WP1 are achievable allowing true design for purpose rather than manufacture.
WP3 Process parameters development - lead by TWI
WP3 will develop the procedures that will generate the parts identified in the previous work packages, utilising the software developed in WP2 where innovative structures are required. The materials, designs and mechanical property requirements from WP1 will be fed into the requirements for the process development cycle.
WP4 Process improvement - lead by Exeter University
WP4 will improve the product achievable from the laser ALM techniques. Surface finish, metallurgical quality and process accuracy will be investigated, non-destructive techniques (NDT), and improved. Considerable NDT capabilities are held within the consortium including the latest CT Scan systems which have been used as the equipment of choice for laser ALM.
WP5 Process capability trials - lead by Bombardier
WP5 will consist of production runs, the outputs from which will be input into specialist software to produce measurables that indicate the capability and stability of the processes. A number of demonstration components will be produced to create case studies to show the successful implementation of laser ALM.
WP6 Component testing - lead by EADS
Components produced in WP5 will be tested using a range of destructive mechanical testing techniques, including fatigue. Particular attention will be paid to in service loading to ensure that the parts are tested in the most suitable regime for the intended application.
WP7 Exploitation and dissemination - lead by TISICS
The dissemination will be managed through WP7 and will focus on dissemination across other industry sectors and developing supply chains. Traditional routes such as publications, conferences, and workshops will be used, for the material generated in the project deemed suitable for wider dissemination. The UK Knowledge Transfer Networks will also be used.