14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
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11:15 Raphael Salapete, Airbus Safran Launchers


Tuesday, 14.11.2017, 11:15 - 11:45 hrs


11:15 Additive Manufacturing Applied to Liquid Propulsion Parts for Next Generation Launcher
Dr.-Ing. Raphael Salapete, Airbus Safran Launchers, VERNON, Frankreich
In an effort to reduce costs and manufacturing cycles for Ariane 6 next generation launchers, Airbus Safran Launchers has initiated research and development activities in 3D printing also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM). Target applications have been identified for liquid propulsion engines such as combustion injection elements, injection heads, turbo-pumps housings, pogo suppressor device, valves and combustion chambers. Among the various additive manufacturing processes existing for direct metal fabrication, three have been used for Airbus Safran Launchers applications, in view of technological and geometric constraints: Electron Beam Melting, Selective Laser Melting and Laser Metal Deposition. This presentation will discuss the advantages of using these technologies to manufacture rocket engine parts as well as the hurdles in the frame of rocket engine part qualification.


Dr. Raphael Salapete
Dr.-Ing. Raphael Salapete
Airbus Safran Launchers, VERNON, Frankreich
Raphael Salapete has an engineer diploma from the French ENSAM School in 2004 as well as PhD thesis in mechanics in 2007 at Ecole des Mines ParisTech. From 2007 to 2016 he has worked for Snecma (Safran Group), first as an material and processes engineer, then as a team manager to finally being responsible for developing ALM processes from 2013. Since 2016 he has been the project leader for Airbus Safran Launchers company, with a focus on Additive Layer Manufacturing R&T activities.