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Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Functional tags and labels
  • Cutting fluids
  • Quenching fluids

Functional Tags and Labels

CPI is working collaboratively with partners from industry and academia to develop printable electronic tags and labels that can register, process, and provide information on the events and stresses that components are exposed to during their manufacture and subsequent functional lifetime. These devices could be put to valuable use in the aerospace industry, where safety is imperative and complex supply chains and manufacturing processes mean great demands are placed on quality assurance and the availability of relevant data for critical components.

CPI has expertise in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) on tags and labels, and can support the application of these to manufacturing components which would provide significant cost and performance benefits for the entire supply chain within the aerospace sector.

Commercialisation: 0-5 Years

Quenching Fluids

Each year, a significant amount of money is lost on wasted components as a result of distortion, cracking and stiffness variations caused by unexpected problems during the quenching process of titanium and aluminium components. Controlled quenching is extremely time consuming and usually induces residual stresses into components, which need to be relieved to prevent their failure in operation.

Utilising its expertise in the formulation of nanoparticles and graphene based technologies, CPI has helped industry partners to develop methods to manipulate the cooling characteristics of quenching fluids and increase the capacity to extract heat from the component into the quenching liquid. These techniques could be applied to significantly improve the structural and surface characteristics of airframe components.

Commercialisation: 0-5 Years

Cutting Fluids

The machining of materials such as the titanium and nickel-based alloys that are typically used in the aerospace industry is limited by the amount of heat generated at the cutting zone. This heat is typically removed by the use of a cutting fluid which acts both as a coolant and a lubricant. A cutting fluid is a complex formulated fluid consisting of many additive components, each providing a specific function, such as anti-corrosion and lubrication properties.

CPI has significant experience in assisting our clients with the formulation of bespoke additives that can be incorporated into these cutting fluids, enabling end users to machine the metallic components at higher cutting speeds, whilst achieving cost savings and waste reductions.

Commercialisation: 0-5 Years