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Alternative approach for the simulation of handling processes for large textile cuttings used for high volume composite production

: Dörsch, C.; Bagemiel, O.; Josyula, P.; Harsha, T.

Blohowiak, K. ; Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering -SAMPE-:
SAMPE Seattle 2017 Conference : May 22-25, 2017, exhibition; May 23-24, 2017, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington; CD-ROM
Diamond Bar/Calif.: SAMPE, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-934551-25-7
Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE Conference & Exhibiton) <2017, Seattle/Wash.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IWES ()

High performance composites become an important material for lightweight design and sustainable applications with the main driver automotive, aircraft and wind energy. As a result of the increasing number of units and the demand for consistent quality in connection with falling costs, the industrialization of the composite manufacturing is absolutely necessary. In respect to the complexity of the production steps, serial production of high performance structural composites is still a challenge. The market is dominated by the requirements of aircraft and automotive production because of the high numbers. In contrast rotor blade manufacturing has its unique challenges of high mass throughput. A 65m blade with 20 tons is produced within 48hours. A main challenge in the manufacturing of these three different applications is the handling and lay-up of textile blanks in a mold. The textile blanks, mainly basing on non-crimp fabrics, show high sensitivity against mechanical lo ads. Though manual handling of large cuttings or high numbers of cuttings in short cycle times will provoke failures in the lay-up. Lay-up failures in a composite structure will reduce mechanical properties significant. In recent years there have been developed many different solutions for mechanization or automation of this process. These solutions are aimed primarily at high quality through careful handling technologies, but less with the goal of high productivity. Fraunhofer IWES has investigated the process of textile handling especially for typical wind turbine rotor blades and is developing processes to new industrialized production concepts. The aim is reducing blade manufacturing costs and reaching higher level of quality at once. Fraunhofer IWES develops methods to achieve cost-effective and high volume production.