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's aerofoils platform team, is dedicated to improving the performance and quality of aerofoil and blisk machining utilising novel tooling and machining strategies, advanced work holding and on-machine alignment techniques. We are experts in the application of dynamic analysis to optimise machining operations for complex aerofoil components.

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
• Adaptive manufacturing methods
• Measurement technology for aerofoils
• Milling, grinding and surface finishing processes

Core machining resources include:

• Starrag LX-051 aerofoil machining centre
• Starrag NB251 blisk and impeller machining centre
• DMG Mori NT5400 five-axis mill-turn
• DMG Mori NT4250 mill-turn-grind automated cell
• Starrag-Heckert STC1250 horizontal machining centre
• DMG Mori NMV8000 five-axis mill-turn-grind machine
• Hermle C52 five-axis mill-turn
• Rosler vibratory bowl
• Rosler drag finisher

For more information, please contact:

Tom McCready, technical fellow

t.mccready@amrc.co.uk