Purpose and goal
In order for carbon fiber composite to become more competitive in large volumes it is necessary to replace costly autoclave manufacturing with more cost effective injection methods. To meet the demands of the aerospace industry and other industrial customers, Oxeon´s unique technology for spreading carbon fiber yarns into tapes is now required to further develop. The aim of the project is to develop products and processes for manufacturing thinner and more homogeneous tapes than we can produce today while meeting the customer´s quality and cost requirements.
Expected results and effects
A successful pilot study and bridge project would open up the potential for a very large market in the aircraft industry and several other future industries such as UAVs, drone, VR and AR hardware, new unique battery technology and lighter products for the automotive industry. This would then be an important breakthrough for the Swedish composites industry. Furthermore, it could provide positive effects towards other important Swedish industries such as the automotive industry.
Planned approach and implementation
The project runs over 24 months and is divided into 4 work packages (WP). All WPs will be carried out with own staff where Oxeon is responsible. In WP1 a market study and cost analysis is carried out. WP2 is about developing and verifying the spreading process. In WP3 the aim is to develop a processcontrolalgorithm that can automatically steer and control key quality parameters in the spreading process. Finally, the project is linked together in WP4 where the aim is to develop a machine concept and development of the value chain.