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21st June 2019, Quéven

Coriolis Composites supplies new C5 machine to NCC

Coriolis Composites provided the centre’s original AFP solution, and now the C5 joins the C1 purchased in 2018. © Coriolis Composites

Coriolis Composites provided the centre’s original AFP solution, and now the C5 joins the C1 purchased in 2018. © Coriolis Composites

Coriolis Composites has announced the National Composites Centre (NCC) as one of its first clients to purchase the company’s new C5 AFP robotic gantry solution. Coriolis Composites is a long-standing partner of the NCC having provided the centre’s original AFP solution and now the C5 joins the C1 purchased in 2018.

“The NCC has built a successful partnership with Coriolis Composites over the past six years and we are delighted to announce that we are the first customer for the new C5 machine,” said Richard Oldfield, CEO, NCC.

The C5 reflects an effort by Coriolis Composites to break into the large structure market where very high lay-up rates, high levels of design optimisation and low material wastes are essential. Coriolis Composites’ fibre placement solution is designed to enable the manufacture of highly complex parts tailored for industrial applications while remaining in the reach of research organisations. Its adaptable lay-up head is said to ensure precision and repeatability essential to the aerospace industry.

Multiple technologies

The NCC’s application ensures a process combining affordability, quality, reliability and consistent productivity needed for their complex industry standards. Uniting the C5 with other industry technologies ensures the flexibility needed for the lay-up of large, complex industrial parts, the manufacturer explains.

Coriolis Composites has adapted its C5 technology to a newly installed NCC gantry provided by the Loop-Coriolis Composites- Güdel consortium; as part of the NCC’s iCAP programme. iCAP is a £36.7 million investment in 10 digital manufacturing technologies tailor-made to the NCC’s specifications, in order to speed the development of all forms of composite manufacturing. The iCAP programme is funded by ATI, Local Enterprise Partnership and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

“The C5 will be one of five technologies we are combining in what will be the most advanced and flexible dry-fibre deposition cell in the world,” said Enrique J. Garcia, CTO, NCC.

Material specifications

Material specifications for the C5 fibre placement head with its unique modular design ensures each fibre can be individually cut and restarted providing highspeed gantry lay-up for large double-curved parts, according to the manufacturer. The head has 1½” (38.1mm) thermoset, thermoplastic and dry-fibre manufacturing solutions with the latter used by the NCC. The NCC’s dry fibre placement (DFP) head has six motorised spools with sensors that control the activation of individual spools and detection of fibre tension; the head being exchangeable using the integrated docking station.

The gantry is driven by the latest Siemens 840D controller to ensure speed and precision to ease the integration of the process.

The requirement from the NCC was a machine that can deliver high lay-up rates using dry fibre tapes for large structures, such as wing skins. In combination with the other deposition technologies included in the NCC’s prototype manufacturing cell, the incorporation of the C5 AFP allows the benefits of optimal lay-up with minimal material waste to be realised for full-scale aerostructure demonstration.

The C5’s multi-material capability also enables AFP technology to be used for large structures such as wind turbines, marine and civil engineering. Coriolis Composites has also developed the C3 as part of the gantry lay-up family.

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