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Thursday, March 14 • 09:30 - 10:00
Boosting AFP Material Efficiency with Fiber Patch Placement: A Blueprint for Realizing Complex Fiber Composites in Aerospace at Low Cost

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Aerospace compenent manufacturers using AFP processes often suffer from scrapping high amounts of virgin material as left-overs at bobbin changes, translating into considerable economical losses of up to € 500,000 per year and AFP unit. Premium Aerotec and Cevotec, pursuing a sustainable alternative, worked on using Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) technology to repurpose the material to build new parts: complex components on which other automated composite processes failed in the past. This session presents their solution to use left-over AFP material in Cevotec’s FPP systems process to produce a challenging aerospace part, resulting in a weight reduction of 70% and a cost reduction of 75% compared to the currently flying version of the part. It serves as a blueprint for similar aerospace components and has the potential to save millions of Euro in material cost for the industry.

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Thorsten GROENE

CEO & Co-Founder, Cevotec
Thorsten Groene is the Managing Director and responsible for the business operations of Cevotec GmbH. Given his deep understanding of automated composites manufacturing processes, he places a special focus on their economics. Prior to Cevotec, he worked as a strategy consultant for... Read More →
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Senior Designer for Hybrid Structures, Premium-Aerotec
Since 15 years Maxim Kister is actively involved in design of small and large aircraft and in technological research in aerospace industry. His experience from product design as design task responsible engineer in product development and plant engineering for primary structure flows... Read More →

Thursday March 14, 2019 09:30 - 10:00 CET
Forum (Hall 6 / S86)
  Composites Exchange, Aeronautics
  • Theme Aeronautics