RODEO Project

The main objective of the RODEO project is to propose lightweight robotized orbital drilling equipment as well as appropriate cutting tools and operating conditions, to enable to drill tightly spaced small diameter holes in aluminium with the control of induced residual stresses.

This will be accomplished by:

  • modelling the phenomena involved in orbital drilling that impact residual stresses
  • developing a combined drilling and burnishing tool and associated operating conditions to attain required residual stresses
  • pursuing the development of a high-speed orbital drilling unit (existing in the consortium) capable to drive the tool in the prescribed conditions
  • integrating the developed orbital drilling unit on a lightweight industrial robot
  • defining the operating conditions of the lightweight robot to be used to ensure the drilling operation

RODEO has been launched to respond to a Call for Project from the European Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking.
Clean Sky is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, Clean Sky contributes to strengthening European aero-industry collaboration, global leadership and competitiveness.