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Oerlikon, Linde and TU Munich to Develop High Strength Lightweight Aluminum Alloy

Metal News - Published on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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Global technology Group Oerlikon has entered into an additive manufacturing research alliance with Linde and the Technical University of Munich to develop new high strength, lightweight aluminum based alloys that can serve the safety and weight reduction needs of the aerospace and automotive industries. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs is funding 50% of the EUR 1.7 million research project. This research partnership was born out of the additive manufacturing collaborative announced in early October when TUM, Oerlikon, GE Additive and Linde announced the establishment of a Bavarian additive manufacturing cluster and an Additive Manufacturing Institute to promote higher levels of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research amongst the companies and the university. The Oerlikon, Linde and TUM consortium is unique as each of the three members brings its own high-tech expertise to the table in this complex space. Producing the optimum aluminum alloy with a high content of lightweight elements like magnesium through an AM process requires a deep understanding of chemistry, thermo- and fluid dynamics. During the manufacturing process, the metal powder is applied one layer at a time on a build plate and melted using a laser beam. This fuses the metal powder together and forms the desired complex, three-dimensional geometries. The process takes place in a well-defined shielding gas atmosphere.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Nov 2019
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