The AMRC Composite Centre has extensive capabilities and expertise in three core technology areas.
These technology themes have been identified by our industrial members as areas of key importance to their own manufacturing operations. We bring these themes together to deliver applied innovation and address real business problems.
Automating the composite lay-up process is a vital step in commercialising the technology for higher-throughput production. Our automated tape/tow placement (ATP) robot is capable of producing new kinds of fibre-placed structures which are complex and finely detailed than those in current aerospace manufacturing. We are also investigating the use of automated manufacturing cells, to increase throughput and reduce errors by minimising human involvement in the production process.
We build on the AMRC’s world-leading research in advanced machining technology to address the challenges of cutting composite materials. We are developing innovative techniques for drilling, trimming, surface machining and stack machining, and working with industrial partners to develop new cutting tools and machining fluids.
Advanced curing technologies
Using microwaves in place of thermal ovens to cure fibre-reinforced composite structures can reduce production time and energy use while maintaining or improving material quality. Recent advances in this technology have created the potential to use microwaves for the rapid curing of thermosetting and thermoplastic composites on an industrial scale.