Aerofoils are some of the most critical aeroengine components. Their material capability and geometry directly affect engine performance and fuel consumption.

The aerospace industry’s constant drive to improve performance and efficiency places increasing demands on aerofoil manufacturing processes. These improvements must be achieved through cost-efficient manufacturing processes which can meet production targets.

The AMRC with Boeing’s aerofoils platform team is dedicated to improving the performance and quality of aerofoil machining techniques.

We aim to cover all single and multi-bladed aerofoil applications for aeroengines and for power generation.

We can work with a variety of conditions of supply and machining processes to handle fan, compressor and turbine engine modules. 

Our current research areas include:

  • Advanced materials and condition of supply
  • Advanced component design and tighter tolerance features
  • Cost-based method of manufacture development
  • Process control, monitoring and modelling
  • Green button manufacturing methods
  • Milling, grinding and surface finishing processes

Core machining resources include:

  • Mori-Seiki NT5400 five-axis mill-turn
  • Mori-Seiki NT4250 mill-turn-grind
  • Starrag-Heckert STC1250 horizontal machining centre
  • Starrag-Heckert ZT1000 large five-axis centre
  • Mori-Seiki NMV8000 five-axis mill-turn-grind machine
  • Hermle C50 five-axis mill-turn
  • Hermle C42 3/4/5-axis machining centre
  • Starrag LX-051 5-axis blade machining centre

For more information, please contact: 

Dr. David Curtis, technical fellow
d.curtis@amrc.co.uk