The AMRC Process Technology Group develops innovative techniques and optimised processes for the machining of high-performance materials.
The aerospace industry is driving the use of high-performance alloys and composites, to build and power the 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.
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 step changes in quality and cost.
We use technologies such as dynamic analysis, simulation, advanced fixturing and tool design to solve real business problems. We can also identify bottlenecks in production processes using trade studies, six sigma, and other methodologies. As well as aerospace, we work with companies in high-value industries such as marine, power, 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.
Our core technology themes are:
- Process monitoring
- Machinability of materials
- Machining dynamics
- Process automation
- Process modelling
- Chip machining fundamentals
- Non-conventional machining
- Integrated manufacture
For more information, please contact:
Dr Sam Turner, head of PTG