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Industrialisation of self heated composite tooling based on Tailored Fibre Placement Technology

Objective

"Composite materials are starting to be used extensively in many industrial applications. This is the case for example of the transport (automotive, rail and aeronautic), marine, wind energy and construction industries. New developments such as textile preforming combined with liquid moulding technologies together with recent automation developments will support this tendency.
Although it seems that composite manufacturing technologies are already mature, actually they are not. The main bottle neck of composite materials lies in the productivity. Long cycle time associated to thermosetting resins is hindering a higher penetration in high volume sectors. And long cycle times are associated with the high energy consumption required to keep the whole mould mass at the curing temperature throughout the curing process (usually 2 to 6 hours plus heating and cooling).
GREEN-TOOLING addresses these issues by developing an advanced system for improving the heating step associated to most composite manufacturing processes. The main objective of the project is to develop self heated tooling (moulds and membranes) for the composites manufacturing industry in a robust and automated process. The thermal energy will be provided by a resistive layer, manufactured by Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) technology, which will be embedded inside the mould or the membrane during its manufacturing process. The following applications will be demonstrated:
- Membranes for aeronautic repair
- Membranes for preforming
- Membranes for infusion
- Rigid tooling for RTM process
Currently, the companies involved in GREEN TOOLING proposal, together with other RTDs and SMEs, are about to complete EMBROIDERY Collaborative Project (FP7, 262355). This project is devoted to the industrialisation and the search of new applications for the Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) technology. One of the work packages of EMBROIDERY deals with the development of self heated moulds and membranes for composite manufacturing"

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

GMI AERO
Address
13 Rue Georges Auric Cap 19
75019 Paris
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 253 839,60
Administrative Contact
Georgios Kanterakis (Dr.)

Participants (4)

INGENIERIA Y DESARROLLOS EN COMPOSITE S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 195 042,40
Address
C/ Albert Einstein 29
01510 Miñano Menor,
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesus Hinojal (Mr.)
MANDIOLA COMPOSITES, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 112 160
Address
Poligono Industrial Jose-maria Korta Pab. 6, Mod. A
20750 Zumaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Mandiola (Mr.)
QPOINT COMPOSITE GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 968
Address
Breitscheidstrasse 78
01237 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Kohser (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 204 990
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Mezzacasa (Mr.)