Additive Technologies: World-class Research as Part of Master's Degree Programme

Scientists from South Ural State University have developed a new technology for manufacturing parts from titanium alloys using additive technologies. The research results of a SUSU Master's degree student, graduate of the Additive Technologies project-based learning programme, were published in the Machines highly rated scientific journal.

During the educational process, students of the SUSU Department of Metal Forming have a unique opportunity to train and conduct research in the International Laboratory for Mechanics, Laser Processes and Digital Production Technologies, created with the financial support of the German company SMS Group, the world leader in production of metallurgical equipment, which is interested in training personnel in one of the most dynamically developing fields of "digital" production, that is additive technologies.

The joint laboratory is one of the examples of implemented projects initiated by the university and directly by the administration of SMS Group Inc. represented by its President and CEO Pino Tesè.

"The main objective of the Laboratory and the Department is to train specialists and introduce additive technologies at industrial enterprises of the Chelyabinsk Region and the Ural region. Research fellows solve both theoretical and applied problems associated with the use of technologies under study and development, and those associated with specific projects being implemented for industrial customers. The activity is carried out in collaboration with leading scientific schools and enterprises of Russia, Germany, and France," says Marina Samodurova, Deputy Head of the Laboratory, Doctor of Sciences (Engineering), Professor at the Department of Metal Forming.

As part of the graduate qualification work, a graduate of the Department Lev Glebov took part in one of these projects. The work was devoted to the development and study of the technology for producing parts from titanium alloys by direct laser synthesis. Five months after successful defence and passing several peer reviews by the world's leading experts in additive technology, the work was published in an international highly rated journal.

In 2019, the Department of Metal Forming was among the 30 winners of the competition for the development of advanced educational programmes conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The enrolment of applicants for the Additive Technologies Master's degree programme is expected to begin in the summer of 2021.

Liudmila Radionova, Olga Romanovskaia; photo: library of L.V. Radionova
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