Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement

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Technologies framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement

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

Lead Investigator: Kevin Potter, Thomas Turner


  • 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


  • 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
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