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Fibre-reinforced polymer composite materials are leading candidates as component materials to improve the efficiency and sustainability of many transport modes. The advantages of high performance composites are numerous: they include lighter weight, the ability to tailor lay-ups for optimum strength and stiffness, improved fatigue life, corrosion resistance and, with good design practice, reduced assembly costs due to fewer detail parts and fasteners. These benefits translate into greater weight savings resulting in improved performance, greater payloads, fuel savings and emissions reductions. Thanks to their advanced properties, composite materials are currently extensively used in the aeronautic industry, where they have proven their potential for use in high performance applications over the last fifty years, even for primary structures and the amount of composites in aircrafts can reach up to 50% (Boeing 787, Airbus A350 XWB).
The composites volume in the aeronautic industry has only been possible by developing fully automated manufacturing technologies, such as automated tape laying (ATL) and fibre placement (AFP), which allow for the manufacturing of high quality components in an automated and repeatable way, as demanded by the quality standards of the sector.
However, the current manufacturing processes used in aeronautic and automotive still represent high capital investments for SMEs and this represents a major barrier for their deployment in sectors like the automotive industry. Moreover, there are a number of technical issues that still need to be resolved before any significantly increased uptake of composites by the automotive sector can be expected.
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04 March 2016 LOWFLIP presentation at the JEC World 2016
A presentation of LOWFLIP project will be held by USTUTT and FILL during the JEC conferences World 2016 concerning Materials, processes and automation Here is the link to the programme
22 February 2016 JEC World 2016
LOWFLIP partners will be exhibiting at the JEC World 2016 on 08-09-10 March 2016You will find : ALPEX: booth D60 in Hall 5AFILL: booth P53 in Hall 5AUniversity of Stuttgart: booth Q68 in Hall6SGL: booth C25 in Hall...
24 November 2015 Follow the project progress
Now you can follow the progress of the project by clicking on PROJECT PROGRESS in the left side menu of LOWFLIP website.