Research projects

  • 3D printing through a (standard) welding robot: Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)

    Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing (abbreviated: WAAM) is a method to produce metal parts by adding and depositing material layer by layer. This technique uses a (standard) welding robot with a welding wire (electrode wire).  These welding robots can deposit several kilos of material per hour, which enables the production of larger parts (up to approximately 2 x 2 m) in a more cost efficient manner and faster than with other additive manufacturing techniques (usually based on powder). 

    Start: 01-04-2018
    End: 31-03-2021
  • ACODEPT: Advanced Coil Design for Electromagnetic Pulse Technology

    The overall aim of the ACODEPT project is enabling companies to produce faster and more efficiently by implementing electromagnetic forming, welding, and cutting processes. As a prerequisite for this, the companies shall be provided with design strategies for durable, robust and flexible tool coils for specific applications.

    Start: 01-01-2012
    End: 31-12-2013
  • ALUWELD : Innovative welding of aluminium alloys – Hybrid Laser Welding and Friction Stir Welding

    The aim of this project, which is also known as the “ALUWELD”-project, is to build up base knowledge about two innovative and promising welding processes: Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Hybrid Laser Welding (HLW).

    Start: 01-01-2004
    End: 01-01-2006
  • ARCLASER: Hybrid laser welding

    The goal of ARCLASER is to provide information about HLW, applied to various metals used in production of the companies involved, both on qualitative level (welding quality, weld characterisation) and quantitative level (productivity, production costs), through the development of demonstration workpieces.

    Start: 07-01-2009
    End: 31-12-2011
  • AUTOLAS: Switch successfully and competitively from manual to automated/robotised welding

    You would like to (partially) automate/robotise your welding department but you have doubts...
    Your welding department has already been automated but you want to further optimise this (for smaller series, etc.)...

    Start: 01-01-2017
    End: 31-12-2018
  • CASSTIR: Innovative joining of critical aluminium structures with friction stir welding

    The project CASSTIR, funded by the Belgian Science Policy, is a collaboration between BWI, UCL, CEWAC and UGent. The project aimed at stimulating and introducing the innovative friction stir welding technique applied to aluminium alloys in Belgium, as well as obtaining a profound knowledge in this welding process by studying the friction stir joint characteristics into great detail. 

    Start: 01-12-2006
    End: 30-11-2009
  • CORONA: Post-treatment techniques for stainless steels

    In this joint research project, different post-treatment techniques are investigated in different ways on welded stainless steel workpieces.

    Start: 01-03-2018
    End: 28-02-2022
  • DURIMPROVE: Improvement of welded structures fatigue life (durability) in high strength steels

    The fatigue properties of welded components can be improved by means of post-weld treatments, like TIG dressing or hammering. This article describes the results obtained in the research project “DURIMPROVE”, in which the effects of post-weld treatments on welds in high strength steel were investigated.

    Start: 01-07-2014
    End: 01-07-2017
  • FATWELDHSS: Improving the fatigue life of high strength steel welded structures by post weld treatments and specific filler material

    This project developed techniques for improving the performance of welded, high-strength steels (yield strengths of 700 and 960 MPa) at thicknesses of 5-20 mm, for use in fatigue-loaded, welded structures, e.g., construction equipment, transportation vehicles and lifting devices. High frequency impact peening, weld toe laser dressing and low transformation temperature filler material were examined. Experimental and analytical procedures assessed the benefits and limitations of the selected methods. Full-scale testing demonstrated industrial viability and cost benefits. Practical implementation guidelines and design recommendations were disseminated.

    Start: 01-07-2010
    End: 31-12-2013
  • FlowCurve: Optimising mechanical joining of multi-materials

    Selecting, simulating and optimising mechanical joining in a multi-material context set high requirements in relation to current material tests. Currently, no guidelines are available with regard to material characterisation for the support of the design of mechanical joining to achieve hybrid components. One of the objectives of this project is to standardise this. Which material tests must be performed for the characterisation of mechanical joining of dissimilar materials will be determined? An investigation will be performed within this context regarding how existing testing methods must be changed based on the new requirements.

    Start: 01-03-2018
    End: 29-02-2020