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Material Selection for Automated Dry Fibre Placement using the Analytical Hierarchy Process

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-96
JournalAdvanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science
Issue number4
Early online date24 Jan 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 2 Nov 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 24 Jan 2019


Dry Fibre tapes have become an alternative to pre-impregnated tapes for Automated Fibre Placement. However, their industrial adoption is inhibited by high upfront research and development cost. To reduce the cost of material selection as part of such an investment, this work presents the application of the Analytical Hierarchy Process to material selection with a focus on material
processability and manufacturing quality. The selection is based on procurement, material and its performance throughout the manufacturing process, and some laminate quality indicators. Criteria and sub-criteria were identified and implemented into the Analytical Hierarchy Process. This established decision making tool was compared to a more efficient derivative using the Chain of Interaction method. Two materials, including the selected material, were used to manufacture a small scale L-section composite component. This demonstrates that the proposed material selection method predicted the more preferable
material for manufacturing quality when applied to a complex geometry.

    Research areas

  • Carbon fibre/epoxy, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Fibre reinforced plastics, Material selection, Automated Dry Fibre Placement, Chain of Interactions, Automated manufacturing, Multi-Criteria Decision Making

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