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New technologies för manufacturing optimized and more intelligent tools (TOOLS)

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Coordinator RISE SICOMP AB - Produktionsteknik och Simulering
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 275 000
Project duration October 2017 - October 2020
Status Completed
Venture EUREKA network projects

Purpose and goal

TOOLS project aimed to implement new technologies, such us induction heating and the use of optical fiber sensors, in manufacturing of composite tools to improve their efficiency in the production of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) components. Different CFRP materials were tested and investigated to increase heat efficiency in part manufacturing and the durability of the tool. The project has developed more intelligent tools using embedded sensors to acquire additional information about the tool itself to improve manufacturing processes and maintaining operations.

Expected results and effects

In this project, more light, durable and intelligent composite tools were developed. The results of the TOOLS project have not only the potential to be implemented in composite tools, but in the products themselves making aircrafts more light, durable and intelligent. This will increase resource efficiency and will make transports lighter and will contribute to a more sustainable future.

Planned approach and implementation

LTU and RISE SICOMP investigated different composite laminates made of different CFRP materials. The best performing material was selected to manufacture the demonstrator at AIRBUS. Corebon manufactured the small-scale demonstrator using induction heating. Lund University assisted Corebon with the design and manufacturing planning of the demonstrator. RISE ACREO participated in the manufacturing of the small demo where fiber-optical sensors were mounted. Three physical workshops were organized during the project: One was at AIRBUS, one was at Loirethech and one at Corebon.

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Last updated 2 November 2020

Reference number 2017-02994

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