Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

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Dragos Axinte

Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering



Dragos is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering in the Department of M3, Machining and Condition Monitoring (MCM) Research team. He held two NATO Research Fellowships in Italy and Denmark and in 2000 moved to UK to carry out research at the University of Birmingham and subsequently at the University of Nottingham. He was appointed Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering (2005) and successively promoted to Associate Professor (2007), Reader (2010) and Professor (2011).

Dragos is Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineer (IMechE) and Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (FCIRP).

Since 2009 he is the Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.

Expertise Summary

My main research interest is in the following areas: Innovative Manufacturing Processes • Advanced Machining and Finishing Technologies • Abrasive Waterjet Machining • Monitoring and Optimisation of Manufacturing Processes • Design and Construction of Miniature Machine Tolls • Design of Innovative Tools for Aerospace Manufacture • Product Innovation & Technology Transfer • Design for Manufacturing / Assembly • CAD / CAM • Material Science / Workpiece Surface Integrity Analysis • Applied Tribology

Research Summary

On-platform technology - Advanced repair technology (PI, Innovate UK/RR, 2014-18) The inverse problem in energy beam controlled depth machining (PI, EPSRC, 2014-17) Laser enhancement of… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

  • On-platform technology - Advanced repair technology (PI, Innovate UK/RR, 2014-18)
  • The inverse problem in energy beam controlled depth machining (PI, EPSRC, 2014-17)
  • Laser enhancement of diamond drill bit insert micro-geometries for oil and gas exploration (PI, Innovate UK/Element Six 2014-16)
  • Method for in-situ repair of TBC of gas turbine engines (PI, 2014-18)
  • Machining simulation for next generation Ni-based aerospace materials (PI, 2013-17)
  • Smart fixturing systems for machining of complex geometry components (PI, 2013-17)
  • Innovative methods for blade restoration (PI, 2013-17)
  • A Synergetic Training Network on Energy beam Processing: from Modelling to Industrial Applications - STEEP (Coordinator, EU-FP7, 2013-17)
  • Enabling advanced functionalities of Diamond and other crystallographically similar materials by Integrated Pulsed Laser Ablation Technologies - DIPLAT (PI, EU-FP7, 2013-17)
  • Miniaturised Robotic Systems for holistic in-situ Repair and maintenance works in restrained and hazardous environments (Coordinator FP7: MiRoR - 2012-16)
  • Self-Learning Control Systems for Freeform Milling with High Energy Fluid Jets (Coordinator FP7: ConforM-Jet - 2009-13)
  • Design of innovative tooling and fixturing for the manufacture of aerospace parts
  • Freeform generation on ultra-hard materials using pulsed laser ablation
  • Processing of an Advanced Nickel Alloy for Critical Engine Applications
  • Feature based capability evaluation in drilling aerospace alloys
  • Manufacturability analysis system on freeform micro-machining
  • Design and Demonstration of a 4-axis miniature machine tool to enable freeform micro-machining
  • Investigation of monitoring techniques for the detection of tool and workpiece malfunctions in milling of heat resistant alloys
  • Optimising drilling technology for an advanced nickel disk alloy

Past Research

Integrated monitoring package for on-line detection of process malfunctions in machining processes • Surface preparation processes for next-generation Nickel based alloys obtained via powder metallurgy • Investigation of monitoring techniques for the detection of tool/workpiece malfunction in milling of heat resistant alloys• Integrating process controls with manufacturing to produce high integrity rotating parts for modern gas turbines (MANHIRP)• Cutting fluid evaluations using multi-objective criteria• Simulation of workpiece surface anomalies in broaching of Ni and Ti alloys• Drilling / milling of the "D-shaped" holes• Viper grinding and polishing technologies for high integrity surfaces of aerospace alloys• FASTDISC: Hole drilling study• FASTDISC: Process monitoring

Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD