A. Mills

A. Mills
Cranfield University · SATM Composites Centre

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The composites manufacturing activity at Cranfield University, UK, has been established to conceive, investigate and demonstrate a range of novel materials and manufacturing technologies for the aerial vehicles. Carbon fiber composite (CFC) airframes use high-cost carbon fiber tapes and woven fabrics pre-impregnated with polymer adhesives. Flaviir,...
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A BAE systems/UK Government funded project, Flaviir, is investigating the design and manufacture of low-cost and damage-resistant carbon fibre composite airframe structure for large-scale unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs). The article discusses requirements and design concepts for low-cost wing structure. Techniques for manufacturing cost reduction...
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The use of binder yarn fabrics in rotor blade applications is investigated in this work. A preforming procedure is incorporated in manufacturing, resulting in higher degree of automation and a reduction of process steps. The performance of the process is evaluated with respect to cost savings compared to prepregging technologies.
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A BAE Systems / UK EPSRC funded project Flaviir, is investigating the design and manufacture of low cost carbon fibre composite airframe structures. Novel binder coated unidirectional fibre tapes and tows were developed to enable the design of optimised primary structures. The RTM technique was applied to mould net shape sections of spar components...
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A novel approach for the affordable manufacture of carbon fibre composite aircraft secondary structures through vacuum infusion moulding is presented. The requirements for a low-cost preforming process for optimized carbon fibre composite component processing by vacuum infusion techniques are discussed. A novel technique termed high-speed tape layi...
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Carbon fibre composite panels are an established technology in motor racing and luxury sports cars. This type of material allows lighter and stiffer components for low volume production. New materials have been developed to offer low cost alternatives to conventional pre-preg processing and a route to higher production volumes. This study evaluates...
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The Aero-Stable Carbon Car was the first full vehicle structure project to be born out of the DTI's 'Foresight Vehicle' program. This paper discusses how a a team of three researchers developed a carbon vehicle frame and accompanying manufacturing processes that could be automated, leading to mass production.
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The Aero-stable Carbon Car (ASCC) was the first full vehicle structure project of the UK government DTI program 'Foresight Vehicle'. The project investigated the limitations to maximising fuel economy in a lightweight car manufactured in carbon fibre composite (CFC). The EPSRC Integrated Manufacturing initiative / industry funded project FastFrames...
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At the present time, the weight and durability benefits of carbon fibre composites for aircraft structure components cannot be provided without very large manufacturing cost premiums. The new processing techniques of liquid and resin film moulding have to date only been proven to be justifiable for complex high value parts. This has primarily resul...
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High material cost and long processing cycle times currently limit the use of composite automotive primary structures to sports and racing cars. Andrew
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The use of adhesive bonding in advanced composite structures offers the potential for considerable weight and cost saving compared to the use of mechanical fasteners. However, confidence must be developed in the ability to design and analyse such structures and in their manufacture to suitable quality standards. The programme of work described here...
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Over the past 20 years, the issue of manufacturing large composite structures has been intensively addressed. Military aircraft have seen ambitious developments which have been transferred successfully into production. Large commercial aircraft have seen less ambitious developments productionized at relatively high cost when compared to aluminum. T...

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