The Aerospace Technology Institute has been working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to help develop aerospace safety standards through two key national strategy groups.

The ATI and BSI are contributors to the Composite Leadership Forum (CLF) and Additive Manufacturing UK (AMUK). From within the AMUK thematic working groups, standards have been highlighted as a key enabler for the successful adoption of emerging disruptive technologies. The ATI has analysed its Raising Ambition strategy document to consider the technology challenges that would benefit from the introduction of standards, enabling exploitation across the sector.

The BSI is the UK National Standards Body, working with the aerospace sector to improve business performance and resilience for organisations in civil aviation, space, and defence. By working collaboratively with BSI and the aerospace sector, the Institute wants to ensure innovation, especially around disruptive technologies, finds a route to market.

The BSI recently published a new report – Global Connections: An introduction to the use and benefits of standards in the aerospace sector – which includes contributions on different aspects of standards application from the Aerospace Technology Institute, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Air Traffic Services, and others. Mark Summers, ATI’s Head of Technology for Manufacturing, Materials and Structures, outlined in the report how additive manufacturing (AM) is taking an increasingly significant role in the aerospace supply chain.

The Institute has been working with the sector to determine how to apply the AM technique for safety-critical components. One example of this is the ATI-funded project Titanium Powder for Net-shape Component Manufacture (TIPOW). Led by GKN Aerospace, the project was initiated by a consortium of leading UK companies proposing to define the requirements, and develop the processing techniques to provide high quality Titanium powder, enabling the production of aerospace components via 3D printing or AM.

AM is a revolutionary manufacturing technology with the potential to enable the production of highly complex lightweight aircraft and aero-engine parts using advanced production systems, that in some cases print parts layer by layer from metal powders. The advanced components produced by AM can be up to 50% lighter than conventional components, constructed using completely new and novel designs, resulting in substantial weight reduction and increased efficiency and performance.

Mark Summers said:

“AM offers aerospace manufacturers several significant benefits compared with traditional production methods. Unlike subtractive manufacturing, there are no wasted materials, or tool set-up times”.

You can request a copy of the BSI report here.