Adaptive model-based Control for laser-assisted Fibre-reinforced tape winding
ambliFibre will develop and validate the first intelligent model-based controlled laser-assisted tape winding system for fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (FRP) components. This system will include optical non-contact monitoring and innovative Human-Machine-Interfaces, which are easily manageable for the worker. Based on thermal and optical models embedded into integral process simulation tools combined with novel machine and laser technologies, for the first time a tape winding system will be realised which is able not only to drastically reduce the occurring waste, but also predict potentially arising failure in order to reduce machine downtimes. Statistical reliability and maintenance models for detection of critical elements and definition of their reliability will also prevent sudden machine breakdowns and allow defining the most cost-efficient maintenance schedule.
Thus ambliFibre will be a major breakthrough for the continuous and discontinuous production of neuralgic tape-winded tubular composite components, such as gas tanks for automotive application, pressure vessel housings for the desalination of sea water or composite ultra-deep-water risers which are all affected by rapidly changing product requirements concerning both, material and design. With respect to changing and challenging environmental influences, quick adaptability, failure-free quality and safe operation over the complete life-cycle are mandatory. The successful application of the ambliFibre results will dramatically accelerate the replacement of metal components in these domains, reducing the carbon footprint thanks to the low weight and long life cycle of FRP components and provide new opportunities for European manufacturers in global, high-value multi-billion € markets.
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V, Germany (Coordinator)
- Pultrex Limited, United Kingdom
- Mach4 Lab SRL, Italy
- Neovision SRO, Czechia (Participation ended)
- Viedo Systems SRL, Italy
- New Infrared Technologies SL, Spain
- IXUN Lasertechnik GmbH, Germany
- Life Cycle Engineering SRL, Italy
- HBN – Teknik A/S, Denmark
- GE Oil & Gas UK Limited, United Kingdom