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Fibre placement of thermoplastic and dry fabric materials

Drapage laser, Technocampus, Airbus - 11 01 2011 . Sylvain Bonniol / Visuelles pour Airbus

Manufacturing of simple and complex composite parts (non-developable structures)

Machine architecture

  • Six-axis KUKA Robot
  • Max. length: 6 m
  • Tool positioner carrier: 1.5 t and 20 t

CORIOLIS Effector

  • 16 strips (Slit Tape): 6.35 mm (1/4″) wide
  • Removal width: 102 mm
  • Heating with YAG laser during removal (4 kW)
  • Running speed: 100 mm/s
  • Deposition productivity between 2 and 6 kg/hr
  • Possibility of using with existing tools
  • Programming: CATIA-compliant CAD fibre control software

Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP)

Thermoset fibre placement

Manufacturing of non-developable composite parts

  • Large Dimension Parts
  • Quasi-revolving parts
  • Machine architecture: FOREST

Running path

  • Max. length: 24 m
  • Max. height : 6.6 m
  • Five-axis
  • Possibility of a sixth axis associated with a rotating plate: diameter 6 m and wide capacity 30 t.
  • Displacement running speed along X, Y and Z axes up to 30 m/min.

Effector: CORIOLIS

  • 32 strips (Slit Tape): 6.35 mm (1/4″) wide
  • Deposition width: 203 mm
  • Possibility of using Infra-red heating device during fibre deposition with running speed/energy slaving
  • Deposition productivity between 2 and 15 kg/hr.
  • Possibility of using with existing tools
  • Programming

Tools for thermoset prepregs

 

Main technical characteristics

Geometry/function: flat tool, single curve, V-block, surface plate with groove, angle, etc.

Dimensions: Length: 800 – 8,000 mm/Width: 740 – 4,000 mm/ Radius of curvature: 2,820 mm / Radius of curvature : 2,820 mm

Tool Material: aluminium, steel, composite, Invar

Miscellaneous: vacuum and/or integrated thermocouples option

ISOJET

Low-pressure injection system for mono-composing thermoset resins

 

2 machines available

Injection capacity up to 21 litres

  • Injection control: flow rate or pressure
  • Pressure of use: 3 bar
  • Resin preheating system
  • All mono-composing resins
  • Equipment must be systematically used with an oven

38 litre injection capacity

  • Injection control: flow rate or pressure
  • Pressure of use : 3 bar
  • Resin preheating system: for RTM6 only

RTM (Resin Transfer Molding)  LRI (Liquid Resin Infusion)

Tools for RTM/LRI processes

Main technical characteristics

Geometry/function: flat tool, stiffener

Dimensions: Length: 420 – 40,800 mm/width: 420 – 2,900 mm

Tool material: aluminium, steel, Invar

Miscellaneous: vacuum and/or integrated thermocouples option

Autoclaves

3 Autoclaves

CHARACTERISTICS BAUDASSE RIPOCHE SCHOLZ
Diameter m 1 2 3,5
Length m 3,5 4 10
Volume m3 6 34 152,9
Max. part length m 3 4 10
Max. part width (a, b, c) m 0,6 1 2,95
Max. part height m 0,8 1,65 1,8
Payload T 6,5 6 15 *
Max. service pressure bar 16 7,5 9,5
Max. pressurisation speed b/mn 2 1 1
Max. Temperature °C 400 250 400
Max. increasing speed °C/mn 3 3 2,5
Max. decreasing speed °C/mn 3 3 3
Temperature homogeneity (at 2b) °C +/- 3 +/- 3 +/- 3
No. of TC measurement channels TC 12 12 60
No. of vacuum nacelles 1 1 4
No. of vacuum measurement channels 2 6 12

Specifications

Temperature measurement > K thermocouples

  • For ϴ < 260°C, unions used for vacuum draft = RBE011 and for vacuum measurement = RBE 06
  • For ϴ > 260°C, for vacuum draft: UNION 5113 – output F3/4″ (autoclave end) UNION 5116 (tool end)
  • For ϴ > 260°C, for vacuum measurement: UNION 5113 – output F1/4″ (autoclave end) UNION 5116 (tool end)

* the payload depends on the capacity of the lorry used (please consult us to validate the max. acceptable value)
Possibility of acquiring your own instrumentation: study to be performed as necessary

Opportunities: Option for use of bigger autoclaves, e.g. max. length 20 m

Size characteristics for the loading of autoclaves

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Ovens

 

CHARACTERISTICS SAT 1 SAT 2 SAT 3
width m 1 1,5 5
length m 1 2 7
height m 1 1 3
volume m3 1 3 105
payload T 0,25 6,5
max. temperature °C 80 450 450
max. increasing speed °C/mn 5 2 2
max. decreasing speed °C/mn 2
Temperature homogeneity °C +/- 5 +/- 5
Number of temperature channels °C 1 4 12
Number of vacuum channels 0 1 6

Specifications

emperature measurement > K thermocouples

Press

 

presse_pinette

Characteristics Pin B
Width 0.8 m
Length 7.8 m
Height between plates 1 m
Max. part length 6.5 m
Max. part height 0.45 m
Closing strength 280 t
Pressurisation speed <1 b/mn
Max. temperature 200 °C
Max. increasing speed 2 °C/mn
Max. decreasing speed 2 °C/mn
Temperature homogeneity 1 °C
No. of Temperature Channels 12 °C

Specifications

Temperature measurement > K thermocouples

MITO

Multi Inspection Technology Operators

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Robotic device for non-destructive testing of complex composite parts using ultrasonics sensors with water coupling

  • Six-axis KUKA Robot:
    • Max. length: 8 m
    • Max. height: 3 m
    • Rotating plate: 1 m capable of holding 3/3.5 m parts
    • Fast Send card to enable control in effector and signal emission position

NDT Kit/ULTIS mapping operating system

Clean room

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A 2,000 m² lay-up clean room, with monitored temperature, humidity and dust emissions.

Two cold rooms used to store composite materials and resins at -18°C.