MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 321, 2020The 14th World Conference on Titanium (Ti 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing|
|Published online||12 October 2020|
LINEAR FRICTION WELDING – PROCESS DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONS IN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
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Linear Friction Welding (LFW) is a solid-state joining process very well adapted to titanium alloys, producing high integrity joints with fine grain, hot-forged microstructure and narrow heat affected zone. The first industrial application of this process was found in aircraft engines, for the manufacturing of “blisks” (“bladed disks”): linear friction welding the blades onto a disk provides economic savings and reduces the manufacturing time, compared to machining the whole blisk from solid. While the diffusion of LFW process in the blisk manufacturing market is still at the early stages and have promising growth potential, the process is now being developed for aircraft structures such as clips, brackets, hinges, fittings, and larger parts like seat rails, wing ribs, lintels and fuselage frames. The LFW process allows not only to manufacture a given part at a lower cost, it also open new part design possibilities, that were not available with traditional manufacturing processes.
The manufacturing process of Ti-6Al-4V structural and engine parts by LFW is explained, highlighting advantages, limitations and part design best practices. Several LFW candidate parts are introduced and evaluated through feasibility, mass savings, post weld operations and overall cost savings.
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