Automation of composite repairs

a preliminary study


The present study aims at understanding and addressing certain challenges of automation of composite repairs. <br/>This research is part of a larger, SIA-RAAK funded project FIXAR, running in three Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and a cluster of knowledge institutions and industry partners.<br/>The approach followed in the current study, consists of three steps. First, the identification of the feasibility and most promising procedures for automated composite repair by analysis of current state-of-the-art methods as prescribed by OEMs and standards. Processes which are tedious or even contain health risks may qualify for automation. Second, a comparison of curing alternatives for composite repairs is made, by means of the creation and testing of specimen using different curing strategies. Lastly, a benchmark test of human made composite repairs is used in order to set a reference baseline for automation quality. This benchmark can be then applied to define a lower limit and prevent over-optimization. The employed methodology includes data collection, analysis, modelling and experiments.<br/>

Reference Borst, M., Stamoulis, K., Wijnhoud, S., & Lugtenburg, P. (2020). Automation of composite repairs: a preliminary study. Poster session presented at Society of the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Published by  Kenniscentrum Techniek 29 September 2020

Publication date

Sep 2020


Maaik Borst
S. Wijnhoud
P. Lugtenburg

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