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Investigating artificially intelligent computer systems for applying resin transfer moulding technology

Objective



Resin transfer moulding (RTM) and its derivatives offer SMEs a relatively low cost entry into a flexible process for the production of quality polymer composite parts in medium to high production runs. Increased legislation on styrene emission makes RTM one of the few viable options for moulders using conventional open mould processes. SMEs need technical support in applying the RTM process, from part design, material selection to tool optimisation. Powerful computing technology is now accessible to the smallest company, with the potential to capture and simulate the intuition and expertise of RTM experts. It is proposed to develop a flexible, intelligent computer system for the application of RTM technology. It would be difficult to codify complex information received from the moulder into explicit rules in conventional expert systems. Combining neural networks and expert systems has the potential for producing a system with the ability to solve problems based on progressive learning. Rapra Technology Ltd., TNO and Napier University are the RTD performers responsible for developing the user friendly, trainable framework. A consortium of EU SME proposers will train the framework into a system capable of solving RTM problems. Following the 2 year research period, will be further development to produce a commercial software tool for the totally integrated application of polymer composites using RTM.

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PLASTECH THERMOSET TECTONICS
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Delaware Road Unit 1
PL18 9AR Gunnislake
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Participants (19)

DUTCH COMPOSITES BV
Netherlands
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3,spaarpot 24
5667 KX Geldrop

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Eurotec - Systemteil GmbH
Germany
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Schloßmatten Straße
79268 Bötzingen

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FLEX-O-THERM B.V.
Netherlands
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36,zelhemseweg 36
7255 PT Hengelo Gld

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Hereford Glassfibre Ltd.
United Kingdom
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Tarsmill Court
HR2 6JZ Hereford

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Hogeschool Eindhoven
Netherlands
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1,rachelsmolen
5600 AH Eindhoven

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Indupol International NV
Belgium
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24,hoge Mauw
2370 Arendonk

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Intermoulding BV
Netherlands
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18,kuisel
4703 RL Roosendaal

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Jotun Polymer Ltd.
United Kingdom
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54,willow Lane
CR4 4NA Mitcham

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Kenneth Colours Ltd.
United Kingdom
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Arterial Road
SS6 7TZ Rayleigh

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Microsol Srl.
Italy
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Via Donizetti 105
95126 Catania

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Müller Srl
Italy
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33051 Aquileia Udine

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Napier University
United Kingdom
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10,colinton Road
EH10 5DT Edinburgh

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Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Netherlands
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97,
1780 AB Den Helder

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POLYMARIN BEHEER BV
Netherlands
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Nijverheidsweg 7
1671 GC Medemblik

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Palsticos Reforzados Torres Sl.
Spain
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Km 1,carretera A Pedrera
41590 La Roda Andalucia

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RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
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Shawbury
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury

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Rawlson Ltd.
United Kingdom
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Holmestone Road
CT17 0UF Dover

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Solochart Ltd.
United Kingdom
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Brookhampton Lane
CV35 0JA Kineton

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Technifiber SA
Spain
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28814 Daganzo De Arriba

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