A detailed understanding of the properties and behaviour of advanced materials in extreme conditions is of fundamental importance for the aerospace industry. The ability to assess the structural weakness of devices and materials on a microscopic scale is required for ensuring safety whilst boosting performance of engineering components.
Diamond's facilities are unique in the world for the non-destructive detailed analysis and modelling of strain, cracks and corrosion as well as in situ study of materials during processing, providing valuable tools for aerospace research and development.
Fuels and Lubricants
Rolls-Royce apply a surface treatment to the base of the fan blades on some of their Trent engines to provide additional integrity margins by reducing the potential for initiation and propagation of cracks. During development of one of their latest turbofan engines, the Trent 1000, researchers from Rolls-Royce needed a material characterisation method so that they could assess the effectiveness of the local surface treatments.Read more...
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