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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.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

PLASTECH THERMOSET TECTONICS
Address
Delaware Road Unit 1
PL18 9AR Gunnislake
United Kingdom

Participants (19)

DUTCH COMPOSITES BV
Netherlands
Address
3,Spaarpot 24
5667 KX Geldrop
Eurotec - Systemteil GmbH
Germany
Address
Schloßmatten Straße
79268 Bötzingen
FLEX-O-THERM B.V.
Netherlands
Address
36,Zelhemseweg 36
7255 PT Hengelo Gld
Hereford Glassfibre Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Tarsmill Court
HR2 6JZ Hereford
Hogeschool Eindhoven
Netherlands
Address
1,Rachelsmolen
5600 AH Eindhoven
Indupol International NV
Belgium
Address
24,Hoge Mauw
2370 Arendonk
Intermoulding BV
Netherlands
Address
18,Kuisel
4703 RL Roosendaal
Jotun Polymer Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
54,Willow Lane
CR4 4NA Mitcham
Kenneth Colours Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Arterial Road
SS6 7TZ Rayleigh
Microsol Srl.
Italy
Address
Via Donizetti 105
95126 Catania
Müller Srl
Italy
Address

33051 Aquileia Udine
Napier University
United Kingdom
Address
10,Colinton Road
EH10 5DT Edinburgh
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Netherlands
Address
97,
1780 AB Den Helder
POLYMARIN BEHEER BV
Netherlands
Address
Nijverheidsweg 7
1671 GC Medemblik
Palsticos Reforzados Torres Sl.
Spain
Address
Km 1,Carretera A Pedrera
41590 La Roda Andalucia
RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury
Rawlson Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Holmestone Road
CT17 0UF Dover
Solochart Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Brookhampton Lane
CV35 0JA Kineton
Technifiber SA
Spain
Address

28814 Daganzo De Arriba