Tow steering using a modified embroidery machine had been around for more than a decade. However, this automated technique, with its remarkable flexibility in the production of textile preforms, has not found very many uses in aerospace composites. This preform production technique has not been widely investigated or reported, and the limitations have not been overcome. The main disadvantages of this production technique are the use of a single tow, stitch heavy backing fabric, slow production rate – hence expensive manufacturing process, even with short downtime and low production waste. This paper investigates how the tow steering technique can be used for small aircraft parts that are highly loaded in compression.
|Translated title of the contribution||Tow Steered CFRP Aircraft Parts - Preforming and Mechanical Properties|
|Title of host publication||SAMPE Fall Technical Conference, Wichita, Kansas, USA|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2009|