Development of Rolls-Royce Process Modelling Capability for Aerospace Discs and Shaft Assemblies

Funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and undertaken in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, Nottingham University and Birmingham University, Wilde Analysis developed a user-friendly software tool allowing non-simulation specialists to undertake simulations of the manufacture of disks and shafts for turbines.


Future efficient lightweight aero-engines will rely on the next generation of high temperature materials. However, they present new manufacturing challenges, particularly in joining where friction welding has been identified as a key enabling technology. Sponsored by the TSB, the Process Modelling for Tomorrow’s Engines (PROMOTE) project is a collaborative project involving Rolls-Royce, Wilde Analysis and the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham, which was tasked with capturing the state-of-the-art in materials and process modelling and implementing it in an end user-focused software tool.

View: PROMOTE Overview of DEFORM (PDF).

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Further Information

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  • The PROMOTE software and options to use it for your processes
  • DEFORM process modelling software and consulting services
  • Our software customisation services


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