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18th November 2019, Darling Heights

Australia’s first dual-ring industrial scale braider

Radial Braiding Machine for advanced composite preform. © Textile for Life

Radial Braiding Machine for advanced composite preform. © Textile for Life

University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Textile for Life (T4L) in South Korea have partnered for the delivery of a state-of-the-art dual-ring 84/60 carrier braider for the manufacturing of advanced composite structures.

USQ Research Engineer Dr Tristan Shelley said the machine procurement was a significant step for the University’s Centre for Future Materials. “This builds on a Memorandum of Understanding signed between T4L & USQ in July to create new possibilities in the production of composite structures,” said Dr Shelley.

The braider will be capable of braiding carbon, glass, Kevlar, thermoplastic and co-mingled yarns for the generation of complex lightweight dry-fibre preforms on industrial scales.

Paired with a Yaskawa 6-axis robot, complex structures can be accommodated to ensure the placement of fibre where it is needed. The braider has widespread uses in many sectors from aerospace, automotive and civil infrastructure. “Pairing the new braider with USQ’s existing Pultrex pultrusion machine, an upgraded manufacturing line will be realised for highly tailored and optimised pultruded sections,” added Dr Shelley.

Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies (CFT), which is based at Wellcamp Business Park, near USQ’s Toowoomba campus, utilises USQ’s equipment and facilities for research and development into the next-generation of composite pultrusion sections.

This local partnership will ensure the on-shoring of composites manufacturing in Australia and will continue to foster innovate research and development activities in regional Queensland.

Wagners CFT General Manager Michael Kemp said the company was founded on research and development creating its own niche in the pultrusion market. “We see the development of braided fibre architectures for pultrusion as the next step towards the future of novel value-added products for civil structures and beyond.”

The development of the next-generation of pultruded sections for Wagners CFT is funded by the Australian Government through the CRC-P Next Generation Pultrusion Processes project for the increased productivity and development of novel value-added pultrusion products.

www.usq.edu.au

www.t4l.co.kr/ko

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