Application of Evolutionary Algorithms on the Draping Process
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The production of fibre reinforced plastics with resin infusion processes requires the usage of textile preforms. The production of the aforementioned is lavish and expensive. Especially the draping steps in the course of the preforming process chain offer significant potential for improvement and are therefore the main focus of two projects at RWTH Aachen University.
Design of the Draping Process
The project Optidrape addresses the geometry specific design of the draping process for fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) components.
In order to be able to produce FRP in large scales, it is necessary to reduce the costs per component by a significant amount. Based upon this, draping is a key process within the preforming process. Draping results influence subsequent production steps as well as the overall quality and strength of the final component. Taking this into account it is problematic that small and medium-sized companies often perform the draping process manually and renounce any...
Both projects are being funded via the AiF by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) according to a decision of the German Federal Parliament. We would like to thank all project partners and companies for their support and financial aid. The duration of Optidrape is March 2017 to February 2019, the duration of Drapefix is June 2017 to May 2019.