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Flexible RTM tool with automated distortion correction

Objective

The FLEX proposal answers to the scope of JTI-CS2-2017-CfP07-AIR-01-33 call on the topic “Flexible RTM tool concept for composites with spring back adjustments capabilities”. The high-level challenge FLEX project will be addressing is to develop the next generation RTM tooling that can be easily adjusted to account for part spring back effect. The main aim of the project will be to design an RTM tooling system that will feature decreased lead times and increased productivity. It will feature a novel distortion compensation capability based on actively changing the mould shape.

The process is driven by accurate modelling of the spring back effects thanks to simulation of the phenomenon by analytical surrogate models. The mould will feature automation procedures in every production step. Areas of investigation will be the preform/fibre placement, the resin injection process and mould cleaning. It will also feature an advanced monitoring system that will offer unparallel quality assurance. The technologies will be initially demonstrated on a small scale mould that will feature all complexities of a real production piece. The final tool will be built according to the specification of the Topic Manager, verified for compliance and functionality and delivered to its premises.

Overall, FLEX will advance its technologies from TRL3 up to TRL5 and potentially reach TRL6. Within the project, the integrated system (tooling and technologies) will be developed and validated in relevant environment, thus TRL5 will be achieved upon its completion. The Call requires, the delivery of the demonstrator at the Topic Manager premises, so that TR6 will be achieved post- project within the Airframe ITD.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-CS2-CFP07-2017-02
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Funding Scheme

CS2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 188 750

Participants (4)

LOIRETECH INGENIERIE
France
EU contribution
€ 601 412,50
Address
9 Rue Du Moulin Casse Pole Industriel Jules Verne
44340 Bouguenais
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 178 250
Address
Domokoy 15
153 44 Gerakas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 116 345
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments