The Effect of Process Parameters on First Ply Deposition in Automated Fibre Placement

Mario Adrian Valverde*, Ric Sun, Iryna Tretiak, Duc H Nguyen, James Kratz

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Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) is widely recognised as one of the most advanced processes for manufacturing structural composite components. Understanding the process remains at the forefront of academic/industrial investigation due to the myriad of parameters that affect the quality of the deposited tape. A novel AFP testbench, which included a heated glass tool, was developed to aid in the investigation of the material behaviour underneath the roller during compaction. The material behaviour was captured by using a camera directed at the compaction region, where the data was subsequently analysed using a vision analysis technique during a post-processing step. The results indicate that the use of a glass tool can help in quantifying the tape spreading when subjected to varying process temperatures as well as identifying various defects and features that can arise in a typical AFP manufacturing cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the American Society for Composites
Subtitle of host publicationThirty Seventh Technical Conference
EditorsOlesya Zhupanska, Erdogan Madenci
PublisherAmerican Society for Composites
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-60595-690-9
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2022
Event2022 American Society for Composites Conference - University of Arizona, Tucson, United States
Duration: 19 Sept 202221 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Society for Composites Technical Conference
ISSN (Print)1084-7243


Conference2022 American Society for Composites Conference
Abbreviated titleASC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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