Manufacturing Technologies for Composite Parts
Composites can make a significant contribution to the reduction of vehicle weight. This is particularly demonstrated in motorsport, where race cars resist - despite their low weight - severe static and dynamic loads. Composites gain their strong potential to reduce weight, through the composition of low weight fiber and matrix materials and the possibility to arrange the material to suit the load path in the component. This potential can only be accessed if it is possible to manufacture the component with the desired stack-up. Today a wide variety of manufacturing processes, for various combinations of materials, desired fiber assemblies and planned production numbers are available. Engineers designing composite components need a deep understanding of the possible production processes to design structures fulfilling load and production requirements. Using practical examples from industry first a basic understanding of the mission will be created in the seminar. Then the theoretical and practical basics of composite manufacturing are developed and discussed. The acquired knowledge will then be applied to practical examples (e.g. development of preform concepts of real components, development of infusion concepts; calculation of fiber angles and weights of preforms; calculation of fiber volume in the component etc.).
Who should attend?
This seminar is especially designed for engineers and technicians working in the development departments of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and engineering service providers that deal with the development of composite components.
After participating in the seminar "manufacturing technologies for composite parts", participants will be able to set up and evaluate manufacturing concepts for composite components. The participant can, according to constraints - such as production number, geometry and tolerances, materials and costs - judge which process is suitable for manufacturing the component. Participants will be able to differentiate process-related constraints, and thus adapt the design of a component to the chosen production technology (design of the geometry, layer stack-up, etc.). In the seminar, the production chain for continuous fiber reinforced composite components is viewed holistically and focused on preform, infusion, and thermoplastic manufacturing process.
- Fundamentals of composites
- Classification of manufacturing processes
- Textile semi-finished products; pre-forming using textile and binder technology, braiding
- Tape laying with impregnated and bindered semi-finished products; wrapping
- Prepreg / Autoclave technology, infusion technologies (RTM, RIFT)
- Forms and tools
- Finishing and surface treatment
Technical University Munich
Dr. Elisabeth Ladstätter is Deputy Head of the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Ladstätter holds a Diploma of Polymer Technology from the University of Leoben and received her doctorate just there on the long term behavior of composite materials. After graduation, she worked in the automotive industry as an assistant to the production manager. Later she moved to the research and development department of an aviation supply company. Most recently she was responsible for all R & D research activities and all certification activities in materials and process technology. Since June 2009 she has worked as deputy professor in different areas, among others teaching at the Institute for Carbon Composites.
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