WEC successfully completes the last phase of the ESCALITURB project

WEC successfully completes the last phase of the ESCALITURB project
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02/07/2019 - 14:00

In the last few months, the activity "Advanced welding and forming technologies enabling new competitive designs in inter-turbine module", led by Velatia, has been completed


 

WEC has successfully completed the ESCALITURB project, which aims to study advanced welding technologies enabling new competitive designs in inter-turbine module that will enable the company to position itself above its competitors and offer its customers new products that are not currently available in the Basque Country or in the Spanish market.

 

ESCALITURB, co-funded by the Basque Government and the European Union, through the regional development fund 2014-2020 (FEDER), is coming to an end in June. 

 

Thus, during the last phase of the project, WEC has covered the following objectives:

 

  • To define laser welding sequences validated on structural components, with robust parameter definition.
  • Dissimilar test joints within the world of materials of the ISO S group.
  • Commissioning of joint monitoring system, for 100% reliability in robotic welding processes.

 

 

Specifically, WEC has carried out Task 3.4.1 Laser Welding Characterization, where the starting point for the validation of laser welding has been defined in comparison with the existing ones; developing welding tests on different materials and thicknesses.

 

On the other hand, the automatic joint monitoring system in laser welding (corresponding to Task 3.4.2) has been tested, working on the development of joint monitoring with laser welding to be able to apply it in the manufacture of large mass-produced parts (with joint monitoring, the times for the preparation and positioning of the joints to be welded are reduced) as well as for the repair of any melting, which is very common in these hot structures.

 

In addition, Task 3.4.3 (study of laser welding of dissimilar metals), has been completed by the development work of laser welding technology (LBW) applied to aeronautical pieces.

 

Finally, task 3.4.4 (study of laser welding on metals with varying thicknesses) has focused on the development of this type of welding with materials in which the welding is applied in different thicknesses in order to reduce the complexity of the unit.

 

All this work results in three deliverables, which describe and present advances obtained in the automatic joint monitoring system in laser welding, the study of laser welding of dissimilar metals and the study of laser welding in metals with varying thicknesses.

 

ESCALITURB (ZE-2016/00004) is a project co-funded by the BASQUE GOVERNMENT and the EUROPEAN UNION through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (FEDER)