The MobiWeld project will address four major technical challenges:
- Development of a range of ‘floating-bobbin’ FSW tools suitable for welding the aluminium alloys and thicknesses identified for this application (see detailed objectives below).
- Integration of an automated joint tracking system to identify the weld path which is integrated with the positioning system to present the tool in the correct position and orientation to the component joint line, ensuring weld quality.
- A crawler system which can transport the welding head across large section areas of panels and be deployed within a shipyard environment.
- A suitable control and interface system, to integrate the subsystems and allow simple operation/programming by shipyard personnel.