Columbus, OH, United States
Columbus, OH, United States

EWI, previously known as Edison Welding Institute, is a nonprofit engineering and technology organization dedicated to advanced materials joining and allied technologies, state-chartered in Ohio, USA. EWI staff provide materials joining assistance, contract research, consulting services and training to manufacturing companies in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, government, heavy manufacturing, medical and electronics industries. Approximately 150 employees staff the Institute. EWI holds numerous patents for various materials joining and manufacturing technologies.The organization was founded in 1984 in a research park adjacent to Ohio State University, when then Ohio Governor Richard Celeste established the Thomas Edison Program, an initiative to establish the Edison Technology Excellence Centers within the state, including a center for welding research and development. Today EWI operates independently and is considered one of the leading engineering and technology innovator for advanced manufacturing in North America. The EWI has collaborated with the Ohio Supercomputer Center under its "Blue Collar Computing Initiative" to develop supercomputer simulations of welding.EWI has offices and laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, Metro Detroit, Metro DC, and Buffalo, New York.The organization's sales in 2005 were $30 million. The organization receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public. In 1997, EWI spent $8.8 million on research and development. Wikipedia.

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Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2017-07-12

An ultrasonic machining module that includes an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is adapted to receive a machining tool and a vibration-isolating housing adapted to be both compatible with a machining system and to receive the ultrasonic transducer therein, wherein the housing further includes at least one modification for isolating all vibrations generated by the ultrasonic transducer when the device is in operation except axial vibrations transmitted to the machining tool, thereby preventing unwanted vibrations from traveling backward or upward into the machining system.


An ultrasonic machining module that includes an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is adapted to receive a machining tool; a vibration-isolating housing adapted to be both compatible with a machining system and to receive the ultrasonic transducer therein, wherein the housing further includes at least one modification for isolating all vibrations generated by the ultrasonic transducer when the device is in operation except axial vibrations transmitted to the machining tool, thereby preventing unwanted vibrations from traveling backward or upward into the machining system; and a connector in electrical communication with the ultrasonic transducer, wherein the connector is operative to supply electrical energy to the ultrasonic transducer, and wherein the connector is adapted to rotate at a predetermined rate of speed.


An ultrasonic machining module that includes an ultrasonic transducer, wherein the ultrasonic transducer is adapted to receive a machining tool and a vibration-isolating housing adapted to be both compatible with a machining system and to receive the ultrasonic transducer therein, wherein the housing further includes at least one modification for isolating all vibrations generated by the ultrasonic transducer when the device is in operation except axial vibrations transmitted to the machining tool, thereby preventing unwanted vibrations from traveling backward or upward into the machining system. The ultrasonic machining module may also include an acoustically tuned collet and/or an acoustically tuned system for delivering coolant fluid through the module to a machining tool or target substrate.


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Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-12-28

A portable system for non-destructively characterizing spot welds that includes at least one matrix phased array probe and a body, wherein the body is designed to be hand-held and further includes an economically designed outer casing; at least one input for connecting to the at least one matrix phased array probe; ultrasonic phased array transmitting and receiving circuitry in electrical communication with the at least one input; a touch screen computer that further includes at least one data processor running software that includes at least one imaging algorithm for processing data received from the probe and generating color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of characterized welds; and at least one monitor for displaying the color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of the characterized welds in real time.


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Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-09-26

A process for welding metallic sections that includes providing first and second metallic sections to be welded together, and wherein the welded rail sections will include a weld fusion zone that further includes a weld terminus at each rail section; providing thermite welding dies for use in welding the metallic sections together; covering the thermite welding dies with an oxide displacing or oxide dissolving flux added locally to the edges of the thermite welding dies that are immediately adjacent to the weld fusion zone and the metallic sections; positioning the thermite welding dies on the metallic sections in the region where the metallic sections are to be joined together; and initiating an exothermic reaction between the thermite welding dies and the metallic sections by introducing molten metal into the region where the metallic sections are to be joined together, wherein the exothermic reaction creates a weld between the metallic sections.


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Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-08-29

A method for creating metallic sandwich structures that includes providing at least two face sheets; providing at least two core sheets; orienting the core sheets relative to one another in a predetermined manner; and using indirect resistance roll brazing to join the core sheets to the face sheets to create a sandwich structure.


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Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2017-03-09

An ultrasonic welding system that includes an ultrasonic transducer configured to convert electricity to generate ultrasonic waves, wherein the waves propagate along a first direction from the transducer; and a sonotrode that includes a single-component body having nodal and anti-nodal regions, and configured to propagate ultrasonic waves received at a nodal region along a first direction; a plurality of redirecting features formed in the body and configured to cause received ultrasonic waves propagating along the first direction to propagate along a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction, upon encountering one or more of the redirecting features; wherein the body is further configured to stretch and compress along the second direction based on corresponding peaks and valleys of the waves propagating along the second direction; and at least one ultrasonic welding surface at an anti-nodal region of the body configured to oscillate based on the stretching and compressing, wherein opposing ends of the sonotrode comprise the nodal region, at least one of the opposing ends configured to receive the ultrasonic waves.


Patent
Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-04-06

A system for non-destructively characterizing laser welds that includes at least one phased array probe that includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements arranged in an array at one end of the probe, wherein the transducer elements are operative to both generate ultrasonic signals and to receive reflections thereof, wherein the transducer elements are further arranged into discrete subgroups, and wherein each subgroup may be activated independently of the other subgroups and at different time intervals; a combination of materials for allowing the probe to conform to a contoured surface of a laser weld while enabling sound energy to be transferred directly into a laser weld under test conditions, wherein the combination of materials further includes a flexible membrane mounted on the end of the probe and a fluid filled chamber material disposed between the membrane and the array of ultrasonic transducer elements; and a data processor in communication with the at least one phased array probe that includes software having at least one imaging algorithm for processing data received from the probe and generating color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of a characterized laser weld.


Patent
Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-08-19

A non-destructive system for characterizing welds that includes at least one weldment that further includes at least two components joined together a weld; at least one source of heat energy directed toward one side of the weldment, wherein the source of heat energy is operative to direct a predetermined amount of heat energy through the first component toward one side of the weld, through the weld and the area surrounding the weld, and through the second component to the opposite side of the weldment, and wherein the heat energy is sufficient to induce a temperature change in the weld and the area surrounding the weld; and a temperature measuring device directed toward the opposite side of the weldment for gathering temperature data from heat passing through the second component away from the weld and the area surrounding the weld, wherein the gathered temperature data is indicative of weld quality.


Patent
Edison Welding Institute | Date: 2016-06-08

A method for fabricating assemblies includes providing first and second components that include ceramic, metal, or composite; positioning a multiphase joining interlayer between the first and second components, wherein the joining interlayer includes a first phase that melts at a first temperature and a second phase interspersed throughout the first phase, and wherein the second phase melts at a second temperature that is lower than the melting temperature of the first phase; and heating the joining interlayer to a temperature in the range of 725 C. to 1450 C. for a predetermined period of time to soften the first phase and melt the second phase, wherein the first phase remains in a solid or a semi-solid state, and wherein the second phase segregates to the boundaries of the first phase and transforms the joining interlayer into a substantially porosity-free adherent material that joins the first component to the second component.

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