International Journal of Production Research volume 57, issue 18, P5857-5873 2018 DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1554918 View full text
Christian Hueber, Gudrun Fischer, Nikolaus Schwingshandl, Ralf Schledjewski

Abstract: Composite materials proved highly successful for aerospace applications in the last decades, but increased cost pressure forces the composite industry to become more efficient. This requires new manufacturing technologies and optimised processes as raw material costs and labour costs are basically fixed when wanting to keep production on site. Probably the most defining process for aerospace composite production is manual layup of prepreg material with subsequent curing in an autoclave. From production plannin…

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