Research Program Objectives
- Develop FSJ of Complex Curvature Structures.
- Develop FSJ Rapid Re-Configurable Tooling.
- Integrate FSJ Design Space and Processing Space.
- Develop FSJ Weld Path Planning Algorithms.
- Develop FSP to create a surface deposit of TiB2 and other ceramics in steel.
- Develop FSRP to create an in-situ surface composite in steel and cast iron.
- Develop induction preheating as a method to facilitate reduced tool loads and tool wear.
- Develop techniques, equipment and processing parameters necessary to enable the FSJ of titanium and steel alloys.
- Develop techniques, equipment and processing parameters necessary to enable the FSSW of aluminium and MMC alloys.
- Develop design and analysis methodologies for complex curvature, tapered, and FSJ and FSSW in configurations typical
of those found in FCS and FTR systems.
- Demonstrate application of FSJ and FSSW to selected Army/DOD weapon system components through design, development,
test and evaluation projects.
- Develop SPC acceptance criteria for FSJ and FSSW.
- Investigate FSJ as a method of joining ODS Ferritic Steels.
- Investigate feasibility of using FSP to process previously deposited ceramic thermal barrier coatings.
- Develop Friction Stir Reaction Processing(FSRP).
- Join multi-sheet stacks of aluminium alloys for superplastic forming applications.
- Develop the Tooling and Processes necessary to Fabricate Large FSW Structural Test Panels of Aluminium and Titanium.