Collaborative R&D 2020

Based on the fixed annual contributions of each of the ICTM Industry Partners a set of Collaborative R&D Projects is conducted. These projects allow high synergies and significant benefits of cooperation in particular for pre-competitive issues. All of the Collaborative R&D Projects are defined and conducted on an annual base integrating all partners to input their particular demands and participate in the results. Within the projects specific technology improvement for individual manufacturing processes as well as comprehensive improvement of the entire manufacturing chain also with regard to Digitalization is addressed. The Collaborative R&D Projects are selected by the ICTM Partner Community on the Annual R&D Meeting based on the developed ICTM Roadmap for collaborative R&D.

This roadmap covers a mid-term range and will be extended continuously to derive an annual set of collaborative R&D projects each year. As it is proprietary information to the ICTM, it cannot be disclosed to public in detail.

To complement the annual selection of collaborative R&D projects according to its roadmap the ICTM continuously screens funding opportunities that allow to address strategic topics, which could not be included because of limited collaborative annual budget. To stay independent and without constraints result of the internationality of the Partner Community, the ICTM is able to set-up sub-consortia in addition to the Partner Community with regards to particular funding projects.

Based on the ICTM Roadmap the following projects will be conducted in 2020:

Advanced Machining


Benchmark of Technologies for Small Blisk/Blades Machining

"Which technology combination is the most suitable for manufacturing reduced rotor diameters?"


Benchmark of Grinding/Polishing Technologies

"Which technical and economical potentials offer the addressed grinding/polishing process?"


Manufacturing Process Chain for Parts by LPBF and Finish Milling

"What are the potentials of a process chain, consisting of additive and subtractive manufacturing, compared to conventional manufacturing of turbomachinery parts?"


Influences on Residual Stress Distortion of components during Milling

"What are the main influences on residual stress distortion of components during milling?"


Barrel Tool vs. Ball End Mill - Model-based Part Quality Assessment

"How is the resulting part quality of barrel tool milling compared to ball end milling?"


Process Vibrations due to Inconstant Workpiece and/or Tool Behavior

"What is the main reason for irregular vibrations in the milling process?"


Productivity Benchmark for Wire-EDM of Fir Tree Slots

"How high is the productivity and the machined white layer thickness by using a 0.4 mm wire?"

Additive Manufacturing


Influence of Robotic Kinematics and Accuracy on Defect Formation

"What is the path precision threshold requieed for defect-free LMD on robotic systems?"


Evaluation of OPC UA Machine Interface for Parameter Monitoring

"Can OPC UA be utilized for process paramter monitoring during additive manufacturing via LMD?"


VCSEL-based Preheating for LPBF Process

"Does VCSEL-based preheating enable crack free manufacturing of super alloys?"


In-situ Monitoring in LPBF for a Digital Representation of Part Geometry

"Can the actual geometry be detected druing the LPBF process using a high-precision optical system?"



Potentials of Data Analytics for Blisk Series Production

"Do acquisition and analysis of process data in series production enable improvement of product quality and process stability?"


Quality Inspection Driven by Manufacturing Data

"Can the coordinate measuring machine be replaced by a targeted evaluation of manufacturing process data?"

Collaborative R&D 2020

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