Тhe world’s largest, peer-reviewed journal on the science and technology of composites – Journal of Composites Science, by MDPI published the latest paper by Mikrosam and The Institute for Advanced Composites and Robotics.
Our team conducted all the research with the Mikrosam’s AFP machines in the Laboratory for Advanced Composites – the only one of its kind in Southeast Europe. As a result of several months of work and dedication, the publication “The Factors That Affect the Expansion of the Tape for It to Avoid Side Effects in the Production of Composites in Online LATP Technology“, became a solid intellectual basis for the future of composite production future, especially in the aerospace industry.
About the Article:
During LATP (laser automated tape placement), the compaction roller contacts the prepreg and affects the pressure distribution directly. Moreover, the design parameters of the roller are optimized with the aim of improving pressure uniformity. This paper examines the impact of the contact line and surface that depends on the compaction force, the design of the roller, the angle of inclination, and the angle of inclination of the strip. These factors significantly affect the expansion of the tape, and it is important to determine it to avoid side effects in the production of composites (formation of gaps or overlaps). Their presence increases the percentage of pores of the final material and thus reduces the mechanical properties. The results show that the pressure uniformity can be improved significantly by design optimization of the roller, which indicates that higher bond quality between layers is achieved. The lower the speed and higher the compact force in this technology give better intimate contact with a lower percentage of voids and good mechanical characteristics.
Risteska, S.; Samak, S.; Samak, V. The Factors That Affect the Expansion of the Tape for It to Avoid Side Effects in the Production of Composites in Online LATP Technology. J. Compos. Sci. 2021, 5, 284. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs5100284
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