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Thursday, March 14 • 11:00 - 11:30
A+ GLIDE FORMING TECHNOLOGY: Applications & Industrialization (Automated & Continuous Stringer Manufacturing Process)

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New composite airplane structures are made out of panels reinforced with stringers. Typical fuselage stringers are omega sections and T sections that tend to be used in the wings. Stringers are usually long, narrow parts.  Fuselage stringers can measure between 4 and 12 meters length and wing stringers up to 40 meters in a large airplane. A+ Glide Forming technology has been developed to form, in one shot, long and curved stringers, from flat full thickness pre-preg lay-ups made on Automated Tape Lay-up (ATL) or Advanced Fiber Placement (AFP) machines.  This innovative technology can be used to form curved stringers with different sections, lengths, thicknesses and curvatures using one single machine that accepts different tools. The technology reduces both recurrent and non-recurrent costs and provides better quality in comparison with other existing production methods. The system is mature for Thermosets pre-pregs and dry-preforms. Thermoplastics applications are available at prototype stages. This presentation will describe the method of manufacturing complex stringers and the possible industrial applications.

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Executive Vice President, Applus+ Laboratories
Mr. Jordi Brufau Redondo has been Executive Vice President of Applus+ Laboratories Division at Applus Services, S.A. since 2007. Mr. Brufau Redondo serves as General Manager of Applus LGAI Technological Center SA and served as its Managing Director. He has always been involved in... Read More →

Thursday March 14, 2019 11:00 - 11:30 CET
Forum (Hall 6 / S86)