This project explored the technical and economic viability of using induction consolidation of thermoplastic composites to fabricate a variety of products efficiently. Markets investigated were Aerospace, Automotive, and Wind Turbines.
Technical Objectives Process Characterization: Predictive modeling, simulation, system scalability
Process Validation: Prototyping the full-size production tooling
Process Scalability: Develop tool and equipment designs for large volume production
Energy Efficiency: Quantify energy use by the new process
Establish a baseline cost for tooling, equipment, processing
Create a part application database, focused on product applications