Rolls-Royce Compressor Blades
Rolls-Royce has worked with AFRC to improve the manufacturing method for compressor aerofoils.22 April 2013
Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces. Forging is often classified according to the temperature at which it is performed: “cold”, “warm”, or “hot” forging.
As a high value adding category of manufacturing, metal forming is increasingly important to the core competency across a number of key sectors. The AFRC focuses on developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity components for aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and medical sectors, and is home to state of the art equipment including hot forming equipment (super-plastic forming presses); cold forming and near net shape equipment (flow former (with shear and spin capability), rotary forge); forging equipment (2100T Screw Press, Multi-forge, trimming press), as well as a suite of supporting capabilities for forming and forging processes. The AFRC’s Core Research is aimed at developing forming and forging into scientifically understood and repeatable processes.