Selective Tape-Laying for Cost-Effective Manufacturing of Optimised Multi-Material Components
The aim of the Stellar project is to develop the manufacturing process for high-speed placement of carbon, glass and polymer fibre reinforced matrices, in selected locations in a composite structure, to provide the optimum reinforcement, weight and cost profile within a part.
The concept of this project is to develop the design methodologies, manufacturing processes, equipment and control systems needed for localised placement of different fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite tapes onto different substrates, creating locally reinforced components that are fully weight-optimised.
To achieve this, the project will focus on development of the Automated Tape Laying (ATL) process to selectively place reinforced thermoplastic tapes in 3 manufacturing routes: selective reinforcement of existing components; direct additive manufacture of components; and manufacture of selectively reinforced tailored blanks for compression moulding
The manufacturing process developed will have a significant effect on the weight of structures, as for the first time it will allow different reinforcement fibres (polymer, glass, carbon) to be used synergistically in the same thermoplastic polymer matrix, to produce hybrid multi-material structural components with optimised performance and weight.
AFPT has proposed a wing profile as a demonstrator case study. This part is selected specifically in order to demonstrate the processing developments of multiple robots co-operating to layup on complex curved surfaces. For this purpose it is necessary to begin with a relatively large workspace in order to give some scenarios in which the […]
HBW Gubesch has introduced the skateboard deck as a concept intended to demonstrate both the thermoforming of waste optimised tailored laminates and the combination with flow compounds. The selection of a consumer product not related to the main business areas of the project partners also alleviates all issues relating to confidentiality and intellectual property. Meanwhile […]
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609067.