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TURBOCAM Collaborates to Develop and Test Additively Manufactured Turbomachinery Components

17-Jul-2018 Norsk Titanium proudly displays the first additive integrally bladed rotor (IBR) at the Farnborough International Airshow. – Barrington, NH (USA) – The University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), Norsk Titanium US, Inc. (Norsk), Pratt & Whitney and TURBOCAM are collaborating to develop and test additively manufactured turbomachinery components.

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Norsk Titanium proudly displays the first additive integrally bladed rotor (IBR) at the Farnborough International Airshow. The IBR is a collaboration between Norsk Titanium (Norsk), The University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), Pratt & Whitney and TURBOCAM International as they develop and test additively manufactured turbomachinery components. This collaboration will focus on exploring the applicability of Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) material to turbomachinery applications. As part of this effort, NDTL will test an additively manufactured integrally bladed rotor (IBR) produced and inspected to meet the applicable quality specifications used in Pratt & Whitney’s current turbomachinery components. The team has completed the initial phase of testing, with TURBOCAM International conducting machining trials of Norsk’s RPD™ material, and Pratt & Whitney successfully inspecting the material to the same specification as forged turbomachinery components.

Pictured (from left): Nick Mayer (Norsk), Bob Fagan (NDTL), Mike Canario (CEO, Norsk), Danielle Chrysler (Indiana Office of Defense Development), Brigadier General L. Kip Clark, (Headquarters Indiana National Guard), Carl Johnson (Norsk), Tamara Morytko (Chief Operations Officer, Norsk)