16, February 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9176
Open Date: 12/02/2018
Closing Date: 26/03/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.133.15
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Element 1 Dev
Budget Ref.: E/0904-611 – GSTP Element 1 Dev
Special Prov.: BE+LU
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Launchers / Materials / Metallic / Satellites & Probes / Materials / Metallic
Techology Domains: Materials and Processes / Materials Processes / Advanced Materials Manufacture
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Product Assurance and Safety Department
Division: Materials & Components Technology Divisi
Contract Officer: van Hilten, Linda
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 12/02/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

Additive Manufacturing is rapidly emerging as an advanced manufacturing technique, which will be adopted by the European Space Industry. Since the method involves the process of melting and solidification, it is particularly suited to thosematerials that are readily weldable and have good castability. Since titanium and its alloys are readily weldable by a number of fusion welding techniques, it is not surprising that in the majority of current activities, titanium is the material of choice.For applications in aerospaceand space which require structural performance (high strength, toughness and/or damage tolerance), the choice of aluminium is usuallylimited to 2000 series (Al-Cu-Mg and Al-Li-Cu) and 7000 series (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu) alloys. Unfortunately, the majority of these alloys are not recommended for fusionwelding as they deliver welded joints which either have issues concerning the formation of defects (cracks, pores etc.) or poor mechanical performance. A strongneed therefore exists, to develop a new generation of advanced aluminium alloys that can take full advantage of the AM process whilst delivering the required highendstructural performance. This will be achieved through a combination of alloy design, microstructural modelling, manufacturing of samples and testing.The activity will consist of the following tasks:- Identification of possible structures within spacecraft and launchers applications that can take advantage of the AM process.- Comprehensive literature review targeting the field of Rapid Solidification of aluminium alloys, particularly focusing on inert gas atomization of powders.- Microstructural modelling to develop relationships between the AM process and the microstructure of advanced aluminium alloys (extended solid solubility,formation of metastable structures etc).- Grain size control using optimised AM process parameters in combination with dopants such as TiB2 and TiC.- Strength and performance improvementusing alloying additions based on Sc, Hf etc.- Manufacturing of samples and demonstrators of the identified structural applications for comparison with a) state of the art manufacturing routes and b)non-optimised AM aluminium powders.

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