2197

AFP-XS lands in the US

The University of Texas at Austin boasts one of the top-rated engineering programs in the US, and one of the research groups is focusing on controllable in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composite processing via AFP. In order to achieve this goal, they decided to work with Addcomposites because they wanted a modular, compact, and versatile AFP system to perform these experiments.

AFP-XS lands in the US
READING TIME

40 secondes

“We are excited to support UT Austin’s research efforts in this up and coming area of thermoplastic composites processing.” – Pravin Luthada, CEO Addcomposites

UT Austin has augmented the AFP-XS with a high-powered laser, another first for Addcomposites, to achieve the high melt point that thermoplastics require. The laser is equipped with a pyrometer for precise temperature control. That, complimented with an external force sensor mounted between the AFP-XS and KUKA robot, will give the researchers at UT Austin full closed-loop control over temperature and pressure parameters during thermoplastic layups. “We are excited to support UT Austin’s research efforts in this up-and-coming area of thermoplastic composites processing.” says Pravin Luthada, CEO of Addcomposites, adding “This closed-loop control, especially with a laser, will widen the capabilities of the AFP-XS for high-end applications.”

Dr. Mehran Tehrani, Assistant Professor at the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering adds, “Our goal is to tackle major barriers for the adoption of AFP of in-situ consolidated TCP’s.”

More information www.addcomposites.com