AMRC leads £6m aero alloy project

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The AMRC will lead a £6m European-funded project to develop an advanced lightweight alloy for the aerospace industry.

The MMTech project involves manufacturers and research institutions from across Europe, including two small companies from Sheffield City Region’s advanced manufacturing cluster.

The project will develop new ways of working with an advanced material called gamma titanium aluminide.

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is part of Sheffield University.

Executive dean, Prof Keith Ridgway, said: “Titanium aluminide is very light and strong, particularly at high temperatures, which makes it a very attractive material for aero engine components.

“Unfortunately, it is notoriously difficult to use.

“This project will examine new powder production methods and new casting, machining and 3D printing techniques.”

The consortium includes two Rotherham companies – precision engineer Advanced Manufacturing (Sheffield) Ltd, and technology specialist Teks Sarl Limited and partners from France, Italy and Spain.