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Preshearing: The evolution of manual layup

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014
Publisher or commissioning bodyEuropean Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM
ISBN (Print)9780000000002
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014 - Seville, Spain


Conference16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014


Hand layup is still widely used in the composites industry, yet it has changed little over the past few decades. This is the first attempt to study in detail the effects of modifying the layup process. An alternative two stage approach to layup is proposed, where the majority of the shear deformation is applied prior to plies contacting the tool. The new process is trialled by three participants on three separate layup tasks. Using video analysis to study the process, it was shown that the key tasks of manipulating the prepreg sheets around doubly curved features and creating in plane shear during layup were dramatically 'simplified'. This resulted in a large reduction in the use of specialist techniques, a significant time saving and a reduction in the likelihood of defect generation.

Research areas

  • Automation, Ergonomics, Hand layup, Prepreg


16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014

Duration22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014
SponsorsAirbus Operations UK Ltd (External organisation), BOEING (External organisation), Centro Avanzado de Tecnologias Aeroespaciales (CATEC) (External organisation), et al. (External organisation), Fundacion Andaluza para el Desarrollo Aeroespacial (FADA) (External organisation), Testing and Engineering of Aeronautical Materials and Structures B.L. (TEAMS) (External organisation)

Event: Conference


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