TiFab : an Innovate UK project on linear friction welding of titanium

25 May 2016

The TiFab project is exploring the use of linear friction welding (LFW) to manufacture aerospace structures in titanium alloys for the airframe sector. The consortium of partners has identified a series of technical objectives that include:
*Defining and optimizing the process parameters and procedures for the identification of suitable components for LFW manufacture

*Creating design solutions for tailored blanks and assessing the likely cost of tailored blank fabrication with comparisons to existing methods of part production

*Developing a modular tooling system to enable economic application of LFW tailored blanks

*Assessing LFW joint basic performance, identifying suitable welding parameters and developing a process monitoring system to comply with product quality assurance requirements

*Developing a production cell concept to enable the commercial application of TiFab concept

*Identifying appropriate testing methods, evaluating weld performance and manufacturing demonstrator components and tooling


email:  bertrand.flipo@twi.co.uk