Research projects

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Friction spot welding of aluminium alloys

    Investigation of new welding technology for aluminium

    The Belgian welding Institute and the Aluminum Center will start a research project about a new spot weld technique; friction spot welding. The connection is created by using friction. This welding technology is particularly suitable for welding aluminium, and provides a solution to the difficulties that resistance spot welding is facing when joining aluminium, such as the electrode wear and tool life.

  • FRIEX : New friction welding method for automatic welding of pipelines

    The FRIEX project aims to develop a new variant of the friction welding process for fully automatic welding of pipes. Since pipe sections can have a length up to 18 meters, it is for practical reasons not possible to weld them using conventional friction welding. Therefore, a new variant of the friction welding process was developed. This research is conducted by the company Denys NV, and takes place in cooperation with the Belgian Welding Institute and laboratory Soete of the Ghent University and with support of the Flemish region (VLAIO/IWT).

  • HYBRISONIC: Ultrasonic supported processing of hybrid materials

    Metal-composite sandwich panels consist of two thin solid metal plates with in between a synthetic material (e.g. polyethylene), glued under high pressure. The metal plates, together with the plastic core, form a kind of sandwich plate. Different types of metals are used; mainly aluminium, but also stainless steel, coated steel, brass, titanium etc.

    The surface of aluminium sandwich plates is extremely flat, corrosion-free and has a low coefficient of expansion. The stiff aluminium sandwich plates combine these properties with excellent ink printing. This makes them ideally suited for stylish applications, such as advertising pillars, stand construction, advertising boards and displays.

    Start: 01-04-2019
    End: 01-04-2021