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    Introducing AMOS
    Additive Manufacturing
    Optimization & Simulation Platform
    for repairing & remanufacturing
    of aerospace components
  • funding
    Collaborative Funding
    AMOS is a joint EU-Canadian
    funded opportunity.
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    AMOS objectives
    To focus on key Direct Energy Deposition (DED)
    Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes
    to be used as cost-effective & efficient repairing
    & re-manufacturing scenarios
    for aerospace components

OUR PROJECT

The Additive Manufacturing Optimisation and Simulation (AMOS) project is developing a number of additive materials and processes for the repair of aircraft parts.

An ageing aircraft fleet and the recent global recession have contributed to the increasing cost of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. An aircraft's wings, engines and fuselage are susceptible to damage both on ground (by service and maintenance equipment and fixtures) and in the air (by foreign objects, birds, lightning strikes etc). Although scheduled maintenance checks are performed throughout the lifecycle of an aircraft, defects can occur at any time and affect the performance of the aircraft. Consequently, unscheduled maintenance becomes necessary to replace defective components and ensure safety, reliability and airworthiness, and as each defect is different, unique solutions are required for each one.

Direct energy deposition (DED) systems are a very flexible type of additive manufacture (AM). They show great potential for the cost-effective and efficient repair / re-manufacture of aerospace components such as turbine blades and landing gears. Their use will allow damaged components can be repaired (on-demand) and material lost in service to be re-deposited to restore the component to its original shape. This would reduce repair lead times, costs, and material waste and extend the service life of damaged or worn components as damaged components could be quickly repaired rather than scrapped.

The Additive Manufacturing Optimisation and Simulation (AMOS) project is working with a number of different AM processes and material so as to assess their use for repair. The objectives of the project are to:

  1. Study the process accuracy, repeatability, limitations and material integrity of a number of different direct energy deposition (DED) systems using a number of materials;
  2. Develop an effective system to generate the repair geometry;
  3. Develop accurate models to simulate the different deposition processes;
  4. Develop a repair process planning module;
  5. Develop a method to optimise component design for additive repair;
  6. Determine the data necessary for qualification of DED technologies for repair and remanufacture;

RECENT NEWS

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AMOS at Aerodays

Udisien Woy, from the University of Sheffield presented the results to date at Aerodays 2019 in Bucharest. After giving an update on the project's progress, she also participated in at round-table discussion on innovative manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul.

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  • May 30, 2019
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Pupils given a taste of engineering

University of Sheffield staff helped girls from Sharrow School in Sheffield develop a taste for engineering, with a hands-on challenge involving chocolate welding. Twenty girls visited the Nuclear AMRC as part of the Stem Ambassador programme to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineeri...

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  • March 25, 2019
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AMOS results presented during additive manufacturing showcase

AMOS results were presented at the launch of the Nuclear AMRC Midlands in Derby. Around 150 regional manufacturers and stakeholders attended the launch event at the iHub on Wednesday 13 February, to experience the state of the art in manufacturing R&D in the Nuclear AMRC's new workshops, and jo...

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  • February 14, 2019