University of Birmingham

Two departments were involved in AMAZE at the University of Birmingham, namely Mathematics and Metallurgy & Materials.

The Mathematics group was predominantly involved in free-material optimisation modelling, in which uniquely they have 15 years of experience.

In the materials domain, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre at Birmingham (IRCB) houses facilities for Additive Manufacturing complemented by a wide range of equipment for microstructural and mechanical property assessment. Processing facilities include a plasma melter for making alloy ingots, a gas atomiser, a Hot Isostatic Press, a TRUMPF direct laser fabrication facility (4.5kW laser), and two selective laser melting machines (Concept M2 400W and SLM Solution SLM500).

The University of Birmingham has primarily been involved in the following WPs within the AMAZE project:

  • WP 3 – Free material optimisation modelling software has been developed which has allowed the lightweighting of some AM parts; in-situ shelling and subsequent HIPing for high throughput processing has been investigated and shown to have some significant production time savings for heavier components; development of adaptive process control of the blown powder ALM has been undertaken with BCT improving component dimensional accuracy.
  • WP10 – Birmingham has been the WP Coordinator throughout the project; also involved in eco-friendly alloy development (INVAR36 and AlSix for THAL and AIRB), as well as the production of large metallic lattices for selective sound-damping sonic crystals, auxetic structures for energy adsorption and SLM processing of refractory metals (V, Mo & W for CCFE).