I am currently working on the Conform™ of various low cost feedstocks – including CP-Ti and Ti-6Al-4V – into wire/rod sponsored by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and the EPSRC.
Conform™ is a process during which the powder is consolidated through severe plastic deformation and extruded through a profiled die, ultimately wire/rod feedstock. This product can then be used downstream for various applications including springs, wire and additive manufacture.
This project will ultimately aim to compare small scale testing methods (Arbitrary Strain Path test machine (ASP) and wear tester) and simulations (EDEM) with the Conform™ data and product, giving the ability to determine the ‘conform-ability’ of a material without having to trial. At the same time, however, there will be investigation into the product of the Conform™ process and how this can be impacted by changes in tooling geometries and material.