Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement

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Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement

Host Institutions: The University of Bristol, The University of Nottingham

Lead Investigators: Kevin Potter, Thomas Turner

Industrial Collaborators: Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Airbus, Aston Martin, BAE Systems, Composite Integration, Coriolis Composites, ESI Group, GKN Aerospace, Hexcel, Luxfer, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Pentaxia, Rolls-Royce, Scott Bader, WMG

Aims

  • Establish experimental simulation to capture the fundamental behaviour of commercial and experimental dry tow materials during automated lay-up
  • Establish novel material delivery system for advanced control
  • Improve infusion capability through tailored preform design based on engineered tow gaps

Methodology

  • Develop dry fibre deposition, based on an understanding of dry fibre deformation mechanics
  • Use tack characterisation tests to understand the functional mechanisms behind surface interactions during fibre placement
  • Develop a predictive model to determine optimum temperature and laydown rates for optimal binder adhesion
  • Use Texgen and commercial flow simulation software to investigate the geometrical effects of including gaps in the lay-up

Pathways to Impact

  • Aerospace partners including Airbus, BAE Systems, GKN, GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce
  • NCC Technology Accelerator Fund
				
								
				
Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement
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