Summary of highlights from the First Symposium on

Highlights of the First Symposium on Automated
Composites Manufacturing (ACM) (April 11-12, 2013)
1. Summary of the First Symposium on Automated Composites
Manufacturing (Hoa)
2. Development of methods for the evaluation of laminates made by
AFP (Shadmehri)
3. Properties of out-of-autoclave laminates made by AFP (Madhok) .
4. Modeling of deformation of different layers during the AFP process
5. Progress on the development of curved thermoplastic composite
tube: theory and experiment. (Yazdani and Hui)
6. Optimization of the buckling performance of composite cylinders by
fiber steering (Rouhi)
7. Combination of AFP and thermo stamping and compression
molding (Fews)
8. Discussion (all)
120 attendees, 5 invited speakers
11 countries (Canada, USA, UK, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan,
18 universities (Concordia, McGill, Ecole Polytechnique, Sheffield Hallam University,
Uni. Of Nottingham, Politecnico di Torino, Univ. of Massachussetts Lowell, University of
Michigan Ann Arbor, Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas do Estado de Sao Paulo,
National Technical university of Athens, Univ. of Bristol, Ecole Centrale de Nantes,
Montauniversitaet Leoben, Leibniz-Institut fuer Polymerforschung Dersden, Wichita
State University, Stanford University, University of Tokyo.
3 research Institutions: (NRC, Institute for carbon composites, Consortium Innovation
25 companies (Bombardier, Bell, Pratt & Whitney, LIMATB, Mercur Inc., PH Wind
Solutions, Siemens, Astrium, EADS, Airborne Technology Center, Hoskin Scientifique,
Coriolis, Globe Machine Manufacturing, L-3 MAS, Automated Dynamics, CYTEC, Avior,
Innovative Composites Innovation, Henkel Technologies, Boeing, Virtek Vision
International, Intactis Innovation et Development, Emergia Aerospace, CG Tech, CSSI,
33 oral and 3 poster presentations .
Professor Stephen Tsai (Stanford University)
• Introduced C-ply concept
• A new family of herringbone tapes which can
improve speed, quality, and defect tolerance in
composites manufacturing.
Professor Kevin Potter (Univ. Bristol)
• There is still lack of capability of ACM techniques, such
as ATL and AFP to produce high performance,
relatively small, geometrically complex parts such as
honeycomb cored sandwich panels.
• There is a need for the development of a detailed
understanding of the conformation, deformation, and
variation of properties of the reinforcement used and
the interaction between these factors with process
conditions and their effects on the quality of the parts.
Professor Ralf Schledjewski (U. Leoben, Austria)
• In-situ consolidation process for
thermoplastic tape placement.
• Suggested adaptive consolidation
roller and advanced laying
Dr. Paul Oldroyd (Bell Helicopter)
• Bell Helicopter experience on the
introduction of large-scale
automated composite
manufacturing and outlook of
sustainment in a challenging
Dr. H.G.S.J. Thuis (Natl. Aero. Lab, Netherlands)
• Showed advantages of fiber placement
machines over traditional tape layers.
• A number of R & D programs at NLR
where automated fiber placement was
Other issues
• Software tools for simulation.
Technical university of Dresden, Germany
Ecole Centrale Nantes, France
Siemens PLM Software
CGTech Vericut
• Materials issues
– Automation in resin infusion (CYTEC Engineered Materials)
– Out of autoclave (Concordia University)
– Prepreg tack (U. Nottingham, UK)
• Steered fibers
– Variable stiffness plates (Ecole Poly & NRC)
• Components
– Engine thrust frame cone (NLR, Netherlands)
– Complex parts (Coriolis, EADS), Automated Dynamics
• Thermoplastics
– Astrium Space Transportation & Coriolis (Laser heating) (France)
• Lap and Gaps
– University of Munich, Fraunhofer Instittue (Germany), McGill University.
Copies of presentations are posted on the
CACSMA web site (
Video recordings of the presentations are
available at a cost.
Thank you

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