CASiM² project: Multi-scale Modelling of a Fusion Weld
Researcher(s): Chinnapat Panwisawas, Yogesh Sovani, Richard Turner
Collaborator(s): Jeff Brooks, Hector Basoalto, Mark Ward, Hang Wang
The CASiM2 project is a joint University of Birmingham / Rolls-Royce plc / Airbus / the MTC collaborative venture, sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aiming to promote the use of computational modelling techniques within the West Midlands region and assist local Small-Medium Enterprise businesses (SME's) to better understand manufacturing methods by these computational modelling methods.
Fusion weld techniques have been widely used in industries such as aerospace, power generation, automotive and energy, to fabricate their structures with high-integrity joining methods. These fusion weld techniques are typically electron beam welding, laser welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, other arc welding methods or pulsed welding. However, all fusion welding applications will inevitably induce distortions and residual stresses in to the structure close to the weld line. Whilst traditional experimental techniques can be used to measure the quantities of these fields, a computational model based upon FE methods could offer a greater understanding.
The project aims to take the exisitng finite element methods for welding distortion prediction, and significantly develop them. These developments include the prediction of weld pool size and shape using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods within the open source software OpenFOAM, develop Cellular Automata (CA) calculations to link in to the Finite element models to predict grain structure during and after the welding operation, and link these to a plasticity code to develop models for the lifing of these critical parts.
Essentials of Data Visualisation and Infographic Design
Mon 12th October
A two-hour seminar will be given by the data visualisation specialist, Andy Kirk, through a blend of teaching, discussion and group exercise starting from evaluating works, conceiving ideas, exploring data and identifying best-fit solutions to effective data presentation.
The CHART project
Mon 20th October
The CHART project - Materials Testing and Analysis for Business
PRISM presents at the Royal Academy of Engineers Summer Soiree
Tue 1st July
The University of Birmingham's School of Metallurgy & Materials were invited to showcase their projects at the Royal Academy of Engineers Soiree at the MTC, Coventry.
CASiM² Business Engagement Activities
Mon 28th April
As a part of the CASiM project, the University is able to offer West Midlands Small-Medium Enterprise companies 2 days business assist with computer modelling projects