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Selective Tape-Laying for Cost-Effective Manufacturing of Optimised Multi-Material Components

Objective

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 use of composite materials in structural components is becoming well established in a range of applications, and the materials can offer significant benefits in mechanical properties, weight and through-life environmental impact. However, whilst some hybrid structures do exist, these are typically combinations of relatively isotropic materials, which only go part of the way to optimising the amount of materials used in the structure. The ideal structure has different combinations of composite materials in predetermined locations in a hybrid multi-material structure, but to date this has not been achievable because cost-effective manufacturing processes have not been available.

The concept of this project is therefore 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
• 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.

Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

Address

Bridge Way 4a Broom Business Park
S41 9qg Chesterfield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 768 365

Administrative Contact

Gordon Bishop (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 69 668

AIRBORNE TECHNOLOGY CENTRE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 48 671

GUBESCH THERMOFORMING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 188 757

ADVANCED FIBRE PLACEMENT TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 45 400

CGTECH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 110 400

ESI GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 206 811

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 299 052

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 860 847

AFPT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 176 295

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 609121

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 007 208

  • EU contribution

    € 2 774 266

Coordinated by:

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom