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EP/L505195/1 - QualiNet - Automated in- line inspection and quality control of net shape powder metallurgy components...

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Dr T Gan EP/L505195/1 - QualiNet - Automated in- line inspection and quality control of net shape powder metallurgy components...

Principal Investigator - Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University

Scheme

Technology Programme

Research Areas

Manufacturing Technologies Manufacturing Technologies

Start Date

10/2013

End Date

09/2016

Value

£336,550

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Net shape parts of typically intricate and complex shape obtained by powder metallurgy (PM) are employed in several key
mass industry sectors, especially automotive, aerospace and medical. Their use is growing rapidly in preference to
conventional casting because the process produces parts in the precise final shape required with little or no machining
requirement combined with fine grained (nano-micro scale), homegeneous microstructures of enhanced strength. However
there is a lack of production quality control as little in-line inspection is performed. End-of-line inspection, not often
performed, leads to scrapping of 6-8% of components yet fails to detect micro sized defects, which can grow in service to
produce major in service failures and recalls. THE PROJECT VISION is an in-line quality control system (QUALINET) using
3D microfocus x ray imaging with AUTOMATION INNOVATIONS (A) Detection and characterization of volume and surface
micro-scale defects at the pre and post sintering stages. (B) Decision making: (i) component acceptance or (ii) send for recycling or (iii) send with a prescription for defect healing treatment. QUALINET will eliminate waste, increasing line
production, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, all by 8%. The benefit will be optimal for state of the art
PM component lines including additive manufacturing by laser deposition, nano-powders and injection moulding.

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Name: QualiNet - Automated in- line inspection and quality control of net shape powder metallurgy components... - EP/L505195/1
Start Date: 2013-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2016-09-30T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: Brunel University

Description: Net shape parts of typically intricate and complex shape obtained by powder metallurgy (PM) are employed in several key mass industry sectors, especially automotive, aerospace and medical. Their use is growing rapidly in preference to conventional castin ...