Work stream 1: Powder-Epoxy Carbon Fibre Towpreg for High Speed, Low-Cost Automated Fibre Placement
Host Institutions: The University of Nottingham, University of Edinburgh
Start Date: 1st January, 2020
Duration: 2 years
Lead Investigator: Colin Robert
Co-Investigator: Thomas Noble
The project objective is to develop automation of a towpregging tapeline, producing low-cost powder-based epoxy carbon fibre composite with a high deposition rate for use on automated fibre placement (AFP) machines. The following milestones describe the project steps to achieve success.
Instrumentation:Improve the reliability, control and accuracy of the tapeline by adding several controllers/readers (IR temperature sensors, tachometers, tensiometers) and by centralising all data output.
HMI:Include an overall control system (spool speed and tension, electrostatic gun deposition parameters) to ensure the full automation and stability of the process.
Optimisation:Manufacture AFP-grade tape with controlled FVF, temperature and tension and optimise parameters to obtain the best mechanical properties. Composite test plates will be manufactured and compared at UoE.