RESURGAM (robotic survey, repair & agile manufacture) proposes to leverage recent ground-breaking developments in Friction Stir Welding (FSW).
RESURGAM project aims a decisive break-through with Friction Stir Welding (FSW) as a high integrity, low distortion, environmentally benign, welding technique to be developed in steel, in air, to facilitate the modular construction of ships across multiple yards with final assembly at one master yard and the development of the process of underwater, robotic FSW to allow repairs to be carried out on marine structures without needing to bring ships or platforms ashore to a dry dock.
These fabrication and repair capabilities, backed by the secure, digital Industry 4.0 infrastructure and techniques already in widespread use in the automotive and aerospace industries, will facilitate the rapid, coordinated but distributed modular manufacture of ships and watercraft throughout Europe.
Many of the challenges faced by small and medium sized EU shipyards can be addressed by improving their productivity for fabricating new, high technology vessels and increasing their access to the specialist repair and maintenance market.
In RESURGAM, will combine FSW with the new tool material to deliver:
•The introduction of low-cost friction stir welding (FSW) systems for steel that can be retrofitted to their existing CNC machines;
•The introduction of AI enabled, robotic FSW systems capable of making underwater weld repairs.
These manufacturing and repair capabilities, backed by the secure, digital Industry 4.0 infrastructure and techniques already in widespread use in the automotive and aerospace industries, will facilitate rapid modular manufacturing.
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