Research projects

  • INNOLAS: Cost reduction by using innovative welding processes

    The Belgian Welding Institute has performed a collective research project about the innovative variants of the commonly used welding processes GTAW and MIG/MAG welding.

    The project aimed to determine to what extent these variants may contribute to a reduction of the production costs (welding costs) by increasing the productivity and the efficiency of the process.
    By means of this project, the participating companies received a better understanding of the capabilities of these modified welding processes, in order to facilitate the introduction of these new welding processes in the Belgian industry.

    Start: 01-04-2007
    End: 31-03-2009
  • Join'EM: Joining of copper to aluminium by electromagnetic fields

    JOIN’EM project addresses the increasing requirements of industrial enterprises to weld dissimilar materials. By allowing joining of copper to aluminium by electromagnetic fields, the project will provide increased performance, efficiency as well environmental benefits to Europe’s industry.

    Start: 01-09-2015
    End: 31-08-2018
  • Joining of multi-materials

    Future products will have the right material at the right place and joining is a very critical part within this context. For structural engineers from the transport, mechanical engineering and consumer and construction product sectors, unique products – with regard to performance, weight or functionality – can only be achieved by linking an optimum design to advanced production techniques.

    Start: 01-11-2016
    End: 31-10-2018
  • MAGPULS : Electromagnetic pulse forming

    Magnetic pulse forming is a new, very innovative but nearly unknown production process. The Research Centre of the Belgian Welding Institute has started up a research project in 2008 to demonstrate the industrial advantages of this technique.

    Start: 01-01-2008
    End: 31-12-2009
  • MECHJOIN: Mechanical Joining of Materials with Limited Ductility

    The focus in this research is on the application of two of the most important conventional cold joining techniques (clinching and self-piercing riveting) for new emerging lightweight materials. 

    Start: 01-01-2015
    End: 31-12-2016
  • MetalMorphosis : Electromagnetic pulse technology for novel hybrid metal-composite components in the automotive industry

    Global trends are forcing industry to manufacture lighter, safer, more environmentally, more performant and cheaper products. In the automotive industry, weight reduction is pursued and in this regard, lightweight materials such as composites offer the most suitable solution due to their considerably lower density. In view of this, multi-material designs exploit the material with desired properties for each part of the automotive component. However, the need for the next generation of novel hybrid metal-composite components brings along major challenges regarding the joints between different material types. This is the driving force behind the MetalMorphosis research project, which was carried out at the Belgian Welding Institute in collaboration with 8 European research and industrial partners.

    This article first presents a short overview of the objectives targeted in the MetalMorphosis research project. Subsequently, the joining design concepts developed and research related to the hybrid metal-composite tubular and sheet joints using the electromagnetic pulse technology, will be addressed. Finally, the development of a brake pedal and a shock absorber, both consisting of metal-composite hybrid components, is highlighted. 

    Start: 01-09-2013
    End: 28-02-2016
  • MICROSOUD: Micro-welding platform in Wallonia

    Het project MICROSOUD provides service and knowledge to companies about the modern micro welding technologies and associated quality control.

    Start: 01-07-2008
    End: 01-07-2013
  • MULTICORR: Galvanic Corrosion in Multi-material Joints

    Did you already had to deal with galvanic corrosion?

    When two different materials come into contact with each other, the least noble material will undergo accelerated degradation in an aggressive environment. This phenomenon is called galvanic corrosion. In the figure below, you can see for example an accelerated degradation of the aluminium that is joined to a copper tube.

    Start: 01-05-2019
    End: 30-04-2022