Innovative Out-Of-Autoclave composite manufacturing method for saving cost (Innovative OOA)

Reference number 2018-04269
Coordinator RISE SICOMP AB - Swerea SICOMP AB, Linköping
Funding from Vinnova SEK 486 880
Project duration November 2018 - June 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling
Call Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling 2018

Purpose and goal

Out-of-autoclave (OOA) manufacturing technology represents a great COST SAVING opportunity for the aerospace industry by eliminating the purchasing and service costs associated with large autoclaves. However, high porosity levels have been observed in fully impregnated OOA laminates due to entrapped air which cannot be collapsed by the lower compaction pressure. The main objective of this project is to investigate a new OOA manufacturing method to reduce voids content and improve laminate quality by using a dry layer of thin ply composites as a path for air evacuation.

Expected results and effects

This project represents a GREAT COST SAVINGS opportunity for the aerospace industry (Saab, GKN Aerospace) by eliminating the purchasing and service costs associated with large autoclaves. This project will increase FUTURE possibilities for Oxeon´s collaboration/project with aeronautic companies (Saab, GKN, Airbus) If the idea works, NEW MARKETS will be created for OXEON as a Swedish SME. OXEON is one of the best three providers of thin plies in Europe. A larger project proposal with partners from Sweden and Spain will be submitted to the EUREKA Smart call if this project idea works.

Planned approach and implementation

The project will contain 4 Work Packages (WP): WP1: Literature review, WP2: Manufacturing and sample preparation, WP3: Testing and quality inspection, WP4: Dissemination. *SICOMP will be leading WP1, WP2 and WP4 *LiU will be leading WP3 *Oxeon will be the supplier of the material **Main Millstones: *10-12-2018: Kick off meeting *15-02-2019: Manufacturing of 4 different components is done *19-04-2019: Quality inspection and testing is performed *10-06-2019: Report is written, and email with the project outcomes will be sent to our contact persons at SAAB, Ruag Space, GKN and Volvo

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