Automated fiber placement (AFP) is a process used to manufacture composite materials in which continuous fibers are placed onto a substrate using a specialized machine. The process has been around for decades and has undergone numerous developments to improve efficiency and quality. Today, AFP is widely used in various industries for the production of composite parts with improved mechanical properties, fatigue life, and fracture toughness.
In this chapter, we will discuss the history and development of automated fiber placement systems, as well as their benefits and limitations. We will also cover the role of automation and robotics in the AFP process, and how to program and operate these systems. Additionally, we will explore the composites' design lifecycle and the potential applications of automated fiber placement systems. Overall, this chapter aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the automated fiber placement process, including its history, benefits, and potential applications.
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Benefits and limitations of Automated Fiber Placement systems