Automated dry fiber placement: A growing trend

Many collaboratives and individual companies have pursued or are currently pursuing initiatives in dry fiber placement and OOA process development.

Among the many collaboratives and individual companies that have pursued or are currently pursuing initiatives in dry fiber placement and OOA process development are the following:

  • AUTOW project (2007-2009) led by National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and including Dassault (Paris, France) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI, Tel Aviv, Israel).
  • Cytec PRISM develops TX1100 dry tape for resin infusion preforms via AFP.
  • Ingersoll Machine Tools (Rockford, IL, US) and University of South Carolina McNair Center (Columbia, SC, US) collaborate with Hexcel HiTape for aerospace production using dry fiber AFP.
  • DYNAFIB project for local reinforcements in anti-vibration automotive systems using injection molding — Coriolis Composites (Queven, France), Cooper Standard.
  • FIABILIN project for bio-matrix infused flax structures — Coriolis, Arkema (Colombes, France).
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology  (Stade, Germany) — full-scale WingCover DFP for resin infusion.
  • MG Aerospace (Augsburg, Germany) Fiber-reinforced Optimized Rocket Case (FORC), a solid rocket motor case, using dry fiber and resin infusion.
  • The D3D dry fiber preform manufacturing method for automated aerospace production, from Composite Alliance Corp. (Dallas, TX, US), developed originally by Shikibo Ltd. (Osaka, Japan).
  • Infusion Resins for Automated Dry Fiber Placement — NASA SBIR via Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL, US).

This short article is a Side Story to an R&D Progress Report titled "Dry fiber placement: Surpassing limits," for CW's Out of Autoclave Supplment to its CW February 2016 issue.

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