Cost analysis of alternative automated technologies for composite parts production

B. A. R. Soares, E. Henriques, I. Ribeiro, M. Freitas

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Abstract

Composite material usage in aircraft has been rising since the 1990s, with significant increases in manufacturing productivity and repeatability due to automation in the production of aeronautic parts made of composite materials, becoming a strong driver for widespread adoption of composites in this industry. Automated Tape Layup (ATL) and Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) are two of the most important automated manufacturing technologies within aeronautics composites, although their cost implications and economic comparison have not been widely studied. This paper presents an economic evaluation of ATL and AFP technologies. Using process-based cost models, the manufacturing process of a horizontal stabiliser is modelled, determining for each technology the associated consumption and use of resources and their implications towards the part final cost. Results show that ATL is less expensive than AFP, due to lower material costs, although with less material efficiency and slower cycle time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1797-1810
JournalInternational Journal Of Production Research
Volume57
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2019

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Tapes
Composite materials
Aviation
Fibers
Costs
Horizontal stabilizers
Economics
Automation
Productivity
Aircraft
Cost analysis
Placement
Fiber
Industry
Aeronautics
Cost model
Cycle time
Resources
Economic evaluation
Manufacturing technology

Keywords

  • automation
  • composites
  • operational research
  • process modelling
  • process-based cost modelling (PBCM)

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Cost analysis of alternative automated technologies for composite parts production. / Soares, B. A. R.; Henriques, E.; Ribeiro, I.; Freitas, M.

In: International Journal Of Production Research, Vol. 57, No. 6, 19.03.2019, p. 1797-1810.

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