Machining research

The AMRC Process Technology Group develops innovative techniques and optimised processes for the machining of high-performance materials.

At the AMRC we take new ideas and prove them on real industrial specification equipment.

The aerospace industry is driving the use of high-performance alloys and composites to improve fuel efficiency for a new generation of high-performance aircraft. Components are being produced to tighter tolerances, with more complex geometries, under increasing cost pressures. But the characteristics that make these materials attractive also make them much more difficult to cut and form.

To meet quality standards at an affordable cost, these high-performance materials require high-performance machining. The AMRC’s industrial partners look to the Process Technology Group (PTG) to apply the latest technology and innovative techniques, to produce and integrate machining solutions that deliver significant improvements in quality and cost.

We use technologies such as dynamic analysis, simulation, advanced fixturing and tool design to solve real business problems. We use a critical path approach to identify the obstacles which stop components being produced efficiently, and trade studies and cost modelling to determine the most cost-effective way to proceed.

We have a strong track record of working with the aerospace industry, and also work with companies in other high-value industries such as marine, energy, automotive, motorsports, and medical devices.

As well as process optimisation, PTG develops new models of machining. The industry drive for higher tolerances is creating a demand for single-operation machining methods. We are integrating technologies and developing multi-task machining methods to significantly reduce manual intervention and downtime.

To find out more, see our pages on machining capabilities, resources, projects and people.

You can also download our PTG capabilities directory, which tells you in detail about our equipment and our teams.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Sam Turner, head of PTG