Material-efficient Cu wire-based 3D printing technology

Area Acceleration (D2) Segment Upscaling (D2.2) Duration 2019/01/01-2021/12/31

Ghent University

Soete Laboratory of GHENT UNIVERSITY (UGent, Belgium) has a longstanding tradition with structural integrity, focusing on fracture mechanics and fatigue. Soete Laboratory is an academic partner with extensive expertise with the experimental evaluation of fracture, ductile failure and fatigue of welded metal components and structures. The laboratory has a range of experimental setups for testing of standardized fracture and fatigue specimens (from 50kN up to 2500kN) and some dedicated setups for specific large scale tests. Soete Laboratory is currently also involved in research projects focusing on the interaction of fretting and fatigue, of fatigue and corrosion and on lifetime prediction of machine components and multimaterial combinations subjected to variable amplitude loading. The developments focus on analytical and numerical fracture mechanics, and advanced measurement techniques for improved interpretation of fracture and fatigue tests. Relevant ongoing projects focusing on corrosion fatigue in marine environments are performed in the frame of the national SIM program (MaDurOS – Material Durability for Off Shore), the EU Interreg 2Seas QUALIFY project and bilateral projects with industrial partners focused on material selection and durability. Soete Laboratory is also an academic partner in a national project on reverse engineering for WAAM optimization, particularly of relevance to the project proposal.

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Contact Person:

Wim De Waele


Project Partners

Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals

  • Development of the Cu-based alloys
  • Development of production technology of feedstock materials for WAAM
  • Wire arc additive manufacturing at laboratory scale
  • Materials investigations

Ghent University

  • Corrosion-fatigue investigations
  • Tests of the prototypes in seawater environment
  • Educational activities

Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

  • Material investigations
  • Mechanical proporties

Gefertec GmbH

  • Development of the production process parameters by means of 3DMP technology
  • Implementation of the results of the project (end user)
  • Manufacturing of the new products

Tecnalia Research and Innovation

  • Erosion tests
  • Non-destructive tests

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