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Novel folding device for manufacturing aerospace composite structures
Author(s): Tarik Tewfic; M. Sarhadi
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Paper Abstract

A new manufacturing methodology, termed shape-inclusive lay-up has been applied that allows the generation of three-dimensional preforms for the resin transfer molding (RTM) process. A flexible novel folding device for forming dry fabrics including non-crimp fabric (NCF) preform is designed and integrated with a Material Delivery System (MDS) into a robotic cell for manufacturing dry fiber composite aerospace components. The paper describes detailed design, implementation and operational performance of a prototype device. The proposed folding device has been implemented and tested by manufacturing a range of reinforcement structure preforms (C,T,J and I reinforcement preforms), normally used in aerostructure applications. A key advantage of the proposed device is its flexibility. The system is capable of manufacturing a wide range of components of various sizes without the need for reconfiguration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III, (13 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403654
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Tarik Tewfic, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
M. Sarhadi, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4192:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Angappa Gunasekaran, Editor(s)

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