Automated composite draping: a review

Michael Elkington, Carwyn Ward, Aza Sarkytbayev

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The automated forming of high quality composite components has been the subject of a large volume of research over the last 30 years. This paper provides a summary of the challenges involved in composite layup and reviews a wide range of novel processes that have been developed, with a focus on producing high quality components from sheet material. The key themes and common approaches are identified, alongside a selection of more novel approaches which seek to solve key issues. The conclusion is that while many of the basic aspects of automation have been successfully covered, there is a considerable amount of repeated work and some of the core challenges have yet to be successfully solved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAMPE 2017
PublisherSAMPE North America
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2017
EventSAMPE SEATTLE 2017 - Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, United States
Duration: 22 May 201725 May 2017


ConferenceSAMPE SEATTLE 2017
Abbreviated titleSAMPE SEATTLE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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