Reliance Precision recently declared the Self-Healing Alloys for Precision Engineering (SHAPE) Programme in which Reliance has been awarded GBP 300k of funding by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The funding award, which Reliance is matching with an additional GBP 250k of internal investment, will help resource an exciting development programme bringing together a UK supply chain from material formulation through to component manufacture, via innovative material design, additive manufacturing (AM) and precision engineering.
The three-year SHAPE Programme, costing a total of GBP 2.15M includes Reliance alongside Ilika (an innovative materials development company), GKN and BAE Systems, as the industrial partners and the University of Sheffield as the academic partner. The programme aims to develop and use new self-healing alloys which have the ability to resist micro-cracks.
The SHAPE Programme will use these self-healing alloys to design and manufacture light-weight components which could be used in an aircraft to reduce its overall weight and thus reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Reliance’s role in this significant programme will be to develop light weight gears using a combination of additive and subtractive processes and self-healing alloys of Titanium and to test the performance of the new materials under high load conditions.