Automated manufacture of fibre metal laminates to achieve high rate of production
Fibre metal laminate made from glass fibre prepreg and thin aluminium sheets is an alternative material for aircraft fuselage. It has advantages over monolithic aluminium used so far and over other composite structures. Premium AEROTEC is developing solutions for automating and reducing the current supply chain, creating the basis for the introduction of fibre metal laminate at high rates of production.
Advantage and Challenge of Laminates
This paper is based on the long years of collaboration between partners Airbus, GKN Fokker Aerostructures and Stelia Aerospace in the development of manufacturing processes for fibre metal laminates (FML) for the aerospace industry. The authors would also like to thank the people responsible for aero space research funding at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs for their substantial support. Partners Airbus, Premium AEROTEC, the Fraunhofer Society, DLR and AirbusGroup Innovation are collaborating on the “AutoGlare” LuFo-V-2 to further develop the material FML.
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