Research Chair in Advanced Forming and Forging

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Design Manufacture and Engineering Man

Abstract

The University of Strathclyde has established the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) to support world leading research in the cognate area of forming and forging. The Centre will work with leading edge industrial companies to support fundamental and applied research, effectively providing a capability pipeline which develops low maturity research concepts and technologies through to a level where they can be readily deployed in industry. The AFRC will address key manufacturing process challenges in the forming and forging field. These challenges include:- Materials utilisation for economic and environmental benefit- New materials with improved metallurgical properties- New product designs demanding ever more accurate and repeatable formed components- Mass customisation requiring adaptable and flexible processesResearch will be undertaken in a new purpose built facility (2500sqm) currently being contructed near Glasgow airport that will house state of the art equipment and dedicated support staff. The facility will accommodate up to 50 staff members. The Centre intends to be a cross sectoral collaborative partnership involving leading industrial companies and government research and knowledge exchange support agencies. To date four companies, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Mettis Aerospace and Timet have concluded contracts as Tier 1 partners and will provide financial support for the core research programme over the next 5 years (value 4m). Additionally seven companies have committed to Tier 2 partnership committing support to the AFRC in cash and in kind. It is the intention to grow the partnership to at least 8 Tier 1 partners within 5 years. AFRC will commence full research operations on 1 August 2009 and will move to the new facility in May 2010. Financial support for the building and initial equipment procurement is being provided by Scottish Enterpise.This application is for a STAR Professorship appointment to lead the research activities of the Centre. The appointee will be a researcher of world leading research standing in the forming and forging field - essential to ensure that the AFRC rapidly establishes itself as a global centre of excellence in forming and forging research. As research director of the AFRC the appointee will be responsible for leading the core research programme (funded by industrial partners), securing a portfolio of funded research projects and building the global research reputation of the Centre. Rolls-Royce, as the initial founding partner of the AFRC will provide specific support for this position.

Planned Impact

The key beneficiaries of the of the research are as follows; 1. AFRC partners who consist of a) companies who use forging and forming in their supply chain b) forming and forging companies and c) companies who provide inputs into the forming and forging process eg materials suppliers. The core research programme will be developed with input from partner companies and as such the research outputs will be of direct relevance to partners' commercial interests. This will be predominantly achieved through enhancing existing processes and introducing new processses and materials. Ultimately this will contribute to ensuring that the manufacturing capability in UK stays ahead of key global competitors with consequential impact on business growth. The AFRC will develop fundamental research outputs, utilising members' contributions, to a level where they can be utilised within production capability. Partners will access fundamental and applied research outputs through access to the AFRC knowledge base, direct interaction with AFRC staff and seminars/short courses. All partners sign a collaboration agreement which defines how background and foreground IPR will be managed and exploited. Foreground IP developed through the core research programme is accessible by all partners. Current partners include Rolls-Royce, The Boeing Company, Mettis Aerospace, Timet, GKN, Renishaw, Microsoft, Bodycote, EKES, Mitutoyo, Fanuc Automation. Partners input to the research agenda setting process via the AFRC Technical Board which is chaired the the Research Director (Research chair) 2. The forming and forging industry in the UK and overseas This will be achieved predominantly through access to knowledge and expertise within the AFRC. The AFRC is open to partnership from all companies with interests in forming and forging. The collaboration agreement defines the contribution expected from partners/members as well as the expected benefits (refer to section above). Companies who do not wish to 'sign up' to partnership will be able to access AFRC outputs through the planned annual research conference, short course series and masters programmes. The AFRC will also actively utilise the KTP programmes as a knowledge exchange mechanism. 3. The AFRC research team, University and network of research partners in other UK and overseas institutions. Staff within the AFRC will work closely with industry partners as a part of the AFRC research programme. As such they will have a good understanding of both academic and industrial working practices as well as key expertise within a forming and forging related field - allowing for future career development in either industry or academia. The collaborative nature of the AFRC will involve joint projects with other manufacturing research centres and as a consequence help develop in a coordinated manner UK manufacturing research capability. The AFRC will actively seek to attract promising graduates into manufacturing research through PhD study, thereby providing UK industyr and academia with a supply of highly capable researchers. The University and other research partners will benefit from the Centre's research outputs and knowledge exchange activities in the normal manner. 4. The Scottish and UK economy The AFRC aims to become a global centre of excellence in forming and forging research. As a consequence this will attract interest in 'local' investment from global players - this investment could take the form of investment in the AFRC, the University, partner companies or direct investment in new capability. The AFRC also aims to bring an understanding of the challenges and capabilities of forming to the wider community (secondary/tertiary education, industry, general pullic) through roadshows, workshops and seminars.

Publications

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Brooks J (2013) Friction during precision forging of high temperature aerospace materials in Materials Science and Technology

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Marini D (2017) A methodology for assessing the feasibility of producing components by flow forming in Production & Manufacturing Research

 
Description This award was for a research fellowship aimed at strenghtening the underpinning research capability of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). Professor Jeff Brooks was the recipient of the Fellowship and was instrumental in establishing the core research programme at the AFRC and in recruiting the core research team. professor Brooks left his appointment with the AFRC in 2013.
Exploitation Route The work undertaken through this programme is being taken forward through the AFRC and its industrial partners and is currently funded by industry, Innovate UK and EPSRC. The core research programme and the team of researchers established through this award has substantially increased in scale to address the range of activity. It now includes 26 researchers and 17 Knowledge Exchange staff
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL http://www.strath.ac.uk/afrc/
 
Description The research outcomes are being used to support the ongoing R&D activity of the AFRC which is now a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Over 30 companies are involves in the membership research programme of the centre which exploits the research work established through this award. Furthermore the capability enhanced by this work also supports other direct industry engagement in the forging and forming arena for non member companies.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Involvement by Prof Brooks, Prof Ion and other AFRC staff in developing/establishing the HVM Catapult - this involvement and close consultation with the TSB (through the HVM Catapult Board) helped shape the HVM Catapult as a whole . These staff were also involved in several stages of the consultation exercise that led to the TSB High Value Manufacturing strategy including hosting meeting in the AFRC.
 
Description SAMULET programme1
Amount £2,950,000 (GBP)
Organisation SILOET 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2010 
End 03/2014
 
Description Joint research with ROLLS-ROYCE Group Plc 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from ROLLS-ROYCE Group Plc
Collaborator Contribution Rolls-Royce provided the industrial context for the research and contributed materials as well as staff time and access to relevant facilities.
Impact Direct outcomes are subject to company confidentiality. Permission is being sought to provide details.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Tier 1 membership of AFRC 
Organisation Aubert & Duval
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution These companies contribute financially to the membership research programme of the AFRC. The research team provides research expertise in the precision forging and forming and more specifically: die lifing, process and materials modelling and simulation, residual stress, heating technologies and forging/forming process optimisation.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided funding for additional research staff and access to equipment. They also provided access to company staff and facilities as well as providing materials and die sets. Three of the companies also funded dedicated staff who are based in the AFRC to manage the parteneship and to support collaborative project work
Impact Subject to confidentiality agreement
Start Year 2009
 
Description Tier 1 membership of AFRC 
Organisation Barnes Aerospace
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution These companies contribute financially to the membership research programme of the AFRC. The research team provides research expertise in the precision forging and forming and more specifically: die lifing, process and materials modelling and simulation, residual stress, heating technologies and forging/forming process optimisation.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided funding for additional research staff and access to equipment. They also provided access to company staff and facilities as well as providing materials and die sets. Three of the companies also funded dedicated staff who are based in the AFRC to manage the parteneship and to support collaborative project work
Impact Subject to confidentiality agreement
Start Year 2009
 
Description Tier 1 membership of AFRC 
Organisation Boeing
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution These companies contribute financially to the membership research programme of the AFRC. The research team provides research expertise in the precision forging and forming and more specifically: die lifing, process and materials modelling and simulation, residual stress, heating technologies and forging/forming process optimisation.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided funding for additional research staff and access to equipment. They also provided access to company staff and facilities as well as providing materials and die sets. Three of the companies also funded dedicated staff who are based in the AFRC to manage the parteneship and to support collaborative project work
Impact Subject to confidentiality agreement
Start Year 2009
 
Description Tier 1 membership of AFRC 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution These companies contribute financially to the membership research programme of the AFRC. The research team provides research expertise in the precision forging and forming and more specifically: die lifing, process and materials modelling and simulation, residual stress, heating technologies and forging/forming process optimisation.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided funding for additional research staff and access to equipment. They also provided access to company staff and facilities as well as providing materials and die sets. Three of the companies also funded dedicated staff who are based in the AFRC to manage the parteneship and to support collaborative project work
Impact Subject to confidentiality agreement
Start Year 2009
 
Description Tier 1 membership of AFRC 
Organisation Timet UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution These companies contribute financially to the membership research programme of the AFRC. The research team provides research expertise in the precision forging and forming and more specifically: die lifing, process and materials modelling and simulation, residual stress, heating technologies and forging/forming process optimisation.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided funding for additional research staff and access to equipment. They also provided access to company staff and facilities as well as providing materials and die sets. Three of the companies also funded dedicated staff who are based in the AFRC to manage the parteneship and to support collaborative project work
Impact Subject to confidentiality agreement
Start Year 2009
 
Description Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AFRC established a series of monthly workshops on key research themes (eg die life, modelling etc.). The intended audience was industry (potential routes to impact) and academic researchers.

The workshops helped to inform the future direction of AFRC research through stimulating dialogue and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.strath.ac.uk/afrc/