Advanced Materials Intelligent Processing Center (AMIPC): Manufacturing for Multi-Functionality
Final rept., 12 May 2004-31 Dec 2005, phase 6
DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK CENTER FOR COMPOSITE MATERIALS
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The work performed by the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials builds on previous ONR-funded phases of the Advanced Materials Intelligent Processing Center AMIPC. This work continues the establishment of 21st Century manufacturing practices using intelligent processing to accelerate the insertion of composites into ship applications. Quality, repeatability, tolerances, and affordability can be improved through computer simulations and process design tools as well as automation, combining advanced sensors and process control. The overall goal is to develop and use sensors, science-based simulations, and process control to advance composite manufacturing with Liquid Composite Molding Processes. Advanced sensors have been developed and validated in a manufacturing environment. Simulations incorporate resin impregnation and cure physics occurring at micro, meso, and macro levels during manufacturing. Passive and active feedback control strategies have been formulated to improve process control. Automation of the process to reduce labor and improve yield has been attempted. Technology transfer has been accelerated by creating user-friendly software and hardware interfaces to implement the methodology on the manufacturing platform.
- Laminates and Composite Materials
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Marine Engineering