MMTech will develop new techniques to manufacture and repair turbine blades and other aero engine components from titanium aluminide.
MMTech will develop new techniques to manufacture and repair turbine blades and other aero engine components from titanium aluminide.

The project will develop new ways of working with gamma titanium aluminide.

‘Titanium aluminide is very light and strong, particularly at high temperatures, which makes it a very attractive material for aero engine components,’ said Professor Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC. ‘Unfortunately, it is notoriously difficult to use. This project will examine new powder production methods, and new casting, machining and 3D printing techniques.’

European partnership

The research consortium includes two UK-based companies, precision engineer Advanced Manufacturing (Sheffield) Ltd, and technology development specialist Teks Sarl Ltd as well as industry partners from France, Italy and Spain.

The project will involve specialist researchers at the University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London in the UK, and Mondragon University and the IK4-Ideko research centre in Spain.

MMTech is funded (pending due diligence) by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme for industry-led research and development.