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Improvement in Steel Utilisation and Manufacturing by Recent Break-Through in High-Power Fibre Laser Welding


Project timeline
July 2006
36 months
June 2009
General Information
Aim of the FIBLAS project is to establish a European team to conduct innovative research to generate knowledge and technology to increase industrial efficiency while improving environmental aspects in major load bearing welded steel structures exploiting the specific advantages of the high-power fibre laser. Specially, shipbuilding, pipe production and pipelaying both on- and offshore are addressed. Corresponding to these subjects, the project covers a wide range of high strength steel sheets and pipes with regard to material composition and thickness. Furthermore, different joint geometries are need. The investigations will lead to comprehensive knowledge on the potential use of high-power fibre laser welding (autogenous, with cold wire and hybrid) of advanced high-strength steels with their structural performance. The results are expected to enable the integration of high-power fibre laser welding processes into new fields of industriey, which have not been accessible to laser welding technology previously (e.g. onshore girth welding in pipelaying).
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaDG Research G, Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberRFSR-CT-2006-00029
Co-ordinatorBIAS Bremer Institut für Angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH, (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Norbert Huber, Institute of Materials Research, phone: +49-4152-87 2500 (initial contact: Dr. Mustafa Kocak, Institute of Materials Research)
E-mail contact
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BIAS Bremer Institut fuer Angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH (DE), Corinth Pipeworks S. A. (GR), Cranfield University (UK), Ingenieurtechnik und Maschinenbau GmbH (DE), L'Air Liquide S.A. (FR), OCAS Onderzoekscentrum voor Aanwending van Staal N.V. (BE), Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH (DE), Schweisstechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt SLV Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (DE), SERIMER DASA S.A.S. (FR), VIETZ GmbH (DE), Vyskumny Ustav Zvaracsky - Priemyselny Institut SR Associacia (SK)

(completed June 2009)

Last Update: 16. April 2021