Flame Spray Adder for in-situ Patch Repair of Aero-Engine Combustors (FLARE)

ATI-approved project FLARE, led by Rolls-Royce is a collaborative R&D project utilising continuum robot capability developed by the University of Nottingham, incorporating miniaturised flame spray equipment from Metallisation. There is significant market desire to create a device that can perform in-situ / on-wing patch repair of flame sprayed coatings without dismantling high value infrastructure, such as aircraft jet engines. It is costly and time consuming for maintenance and overhaul activities to be completed whilst the engine is removed, it is more attractive to Rolls-Royce, airline customers and the aerospace sector’s supply chain to be able to perform more services with the engine still intact and attached to the aircraft.

Short Title: FLARE
Project Number: 102360
Project Cost: £1,501,610
End Date: 30th Sep 2018
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Rolls-Royce PLC
Attributes: Cost
ATI Value Stream: Propulsion of the future