Main objective of the project
The main objective is to develop a low cost flexible and integrated composite parts manufacturing process for the needs of different transport sectors, such us the aerospace and the automotive surface transport sector, which will require minimum investments in comparison with current State of the Art processes.
The specific scientific and technical objectives are the following:
To develop, assess and analyse new composite raw materials for easy and low cost automated manipulation
To develop low cost and flexible multifunctional handling, placement and draping solutions for both small complex parts (pick & place solutions) and big structures (automatic fabric placement solutions)
To reduce composite manufacturing process steps by selective, fast and energy efficient heating technologies for binder or resin activation
To develop simulations tools to support the automation of the process with regards to material drapability, curing optimization and crash behaviour
To implement and validate at laboratory scale the multifunctional handling/placement/draping and integrated preforming/injection/curing solutions
To design and produce prototype cells that integrate the technologies validated at laboratory and to create a new process concept for the composites manufacturing sector.
To ensure a successful exploitation of the project results and to establish the basis for the market uptake of LOWFLIP