• Status: Live
  • Funder: Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK
  • Project costs: £3,484,901
  • Funded value: £1,742,390
  • Funding period: January 2016 – December 2018
  • Organisations: Rolls-Royce PLC, 3TRPD Ltd, University of Sheffield

Within the aerospace sector, aftermarket services account for over 50% of revenue generated by aero engine manufacturers (Rolls-Royce Annual Report, dated February 2015). Central to this is the ability to repair high value manufactured components. The use of additive technologies is increasingly being developed and exploited on new part manufacture, but this programme will lead to the development of additive technology for repair of components. The intent of this project is to remove damage from high value components and then use additive technologies to restore component geometry and material performance. Material development will be required to ensure the integrity of the repairs and novel joining techniques will be explored as part of this project.