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Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2018.11.005
Title: Flexible and automated production of sandwich panels for aircraft interior
Language: English
Authors: Eschen, Henrik 
Harnisch, Martin 
Schüppstuhl, Thorsten 
Keywords: Aircraft interior;Automation;Honeycomb;Manufacturing;Sandwich structures
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Procedia Manufacturing (18): 35-42 (2018-12-13)
Journal or Series Name: Procedia manufacturing 
Abstract (english): The demand for aircraft interior equipment is constantly growing due to general increase of personal air travel, individualization of design and limited life cycles. This especially poses challenges to the manufacturing of sandwich panels as a main component of interior parts. The current processes need to adapt to the increasing demand for individualized parts in small batches. In this paper, we propose a concept for the automated production of planar sandwich panels consisting of NOMEX honeycomb core and fiber reinforced prepreg sheets. The concept consists of an optimized process chain, concepts for automated honeycomb potting and automated sandwich laying. A novel approach for modelling of the potting process is developed to ensure completely filled cells without air entrapment. Simulations and time analysis show the general feasibility and give a first estimation of achievable production rates. The conclusion of the paper outlines the focus of further research.
Conference: 18th Machining Innovations Conference for Aerospace Industry, MIC 2018 
DOI: 10.15480/882.2574
ISSN: 2351-9789
Institute: Flugzeug-Produktionstechnik M-23 
Type: (wissenschaftlicher) Artikel
Funded by: The work presented in this paper is being carried out in projects funded by BMWi - Germanys Federal ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Project: VERONIKA-Vernetzte und effiziente Produktprozesse durch Automatisierung 
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