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, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 28–33 | Cite as

Automated manufacture of fibre metal laminates to achieve high rate of production

  • Hilmar Apmann
  • Matthias Busse
  • Jia-Yang Du
  • Patrick Köhnke
Production Fibre Metal Laminates

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

The proportion of composite components in the aerospace industry is growing steadily and poses a challenge for the design of aircraft, as some of the structures that need to be manufactured are very large. One important area of application for fibre metal laminates (FML) — previously known as glass laminate aluminium reinforced epoxy (GLARE) — in aircraft construction is the manufacture of sections of the fuselage for the Airbus A380. GKN Fokker and Premium AEROTEC manufacture a total of 27 skin sections for the A380 from FML, Figure 1.

Notes

Thanks

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.

References

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    van Hengel, C.: Design for Value of FML Com ponents: Example fuselage panels. Fokker Aerostructures, Aeromat 2016, Seattle, USAGoogle Scholar
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    Köhnke, P.: New Chance for Fibre-Metal-Laminates as hybrid Material for Mobility. Premium AEROTEC GmbH, CFK-Convention 2016, Stade, GermanyGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilmar Apmann
    • 1
  • Matthias Busse
    • 1
  • Jia-Yang Du
    • 1
  • Patrick Köhnke
    • 1
  1. 1.Premium AEROTECVarelGermany

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