Overview: The incorporation of external features on critical aerospace structures is often achieved by machining from solid. This approach increases buy-to-fly ratio, especially when considering large structures. Aiming to save raw material costs, designers may choose to fabricate using joining techniques. The present investigation is part of an ESA funded programme, delivered by a consortium led by TWI in partnership with Airbus UK and Ariane Group SAS. The main objective is to demonstrate how Linear Friction Welding can be used for two applications: (i) Joining bosses onto cryogenic tanks for launcher vehicles; and (ii) Adding connection tabs to satellite fuel tanks.
Speaker: João Gandra (Principle Project Leader, TWI Ltd).
Speaker Biography: João specialises in friction welding processes, including Friction Stir Welding. His current role is to support TWI Member companies seeking to adopt these technologies. He acts as a consultant during product development, prototyping and technology transfer. Most of his experience was gathered in the aerospace, rail and automotive sectors. Before joining TWI, João completed a PhD in Manufacturing and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also worked as an assistant lecturer. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications, actively participating in international standards committees like the ISO 25239 for Friction Stir Welding
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