Within ambliFibre, new technologies for an enhanced, automated and quality-assured production of tubular composite components were developed. The project video highlights these developments and illustrates the manufacturing of composite pipes and vessels with the laser-assisted tape winding process. It can be accessed here.
After three years the ambliFibre project was concluded with its final workshop in Aachen, Germany, on October 11, 2018. The partners of ambliFibre welcomed stakeholders from industry and science to showcase and discuss the new technologies for laser-assisted tape winding of advanced composite components, which were developed within the project... read more →
With the development of new system modules and software for the laser-assisted tape winding process for fibre-reinforced plastics, the ambliFibre project delivers a significant impact for future and green production scenarios in multiple industries, like automotive, energy and aerospace. Companies interested in a first-hand presentation and demonstration of the project’s... read more →
ambliFibre partner KEmikro, institute of the RWTH Aachen university, represented latest developments in ultrasonic processes with fibre-reinforced composites at the 18th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM18), which was held in Athens, Greece, on June 24-28. The paper, which was presented, is titled “Low-Cost Fabrication of Fiber-Reinforced Plastics by Ultrasonic... read more →
The SEA (Sophisticated Environmental Analysis) tool is developed by Life Cycle Engineering SRL within ambliFibre. The tool is initially designed for tubular components out of thermoplastic composites, but can serve other industries as well in the future. The intuitive usage, appealing design and online availability make the tool ideal for... read more →
The 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering (OMAE) was held in Madrid, Spain, on June 17-22. The presentation by Fraunhofer IPT (“Data Collection and Analysis for the Creation of a Digital Shadow during the Production of Thermoplastic Composite Layers in Unbonded Flexible Pipes”) highlighted the use of... read more →
At the International Laser Technology Congress (AKL ’18), which took place in Aachen, Germany, on May 6-8, Fraunhofer ILT presented the results of the inline quality monitoring solution for assessing the consolidation of composite tapes, which was developed in ambliFibre. The poster, which was presented at the conference, is accessible... read more →
Attendees of the 21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, which was held in Palermo, Italy, from 23rd to 25th of April, were offered a holistic picture about modelling the laser-assisted tape winding process of composite materials. Local modelling aspects were discussed in the presentation “Non-Hoop Winding Effect on Bonding... read more →
Video Systems SRL, contributing to the ambliFibre project in developing data mining algorithms and a smart machine-user interface, presented the project and its results at the Tube 2018 trade fair, which was held in Duesseldorf, Germany, on April 16-20. In addition to the software modules and concepts, two composite demonstrator... read more →
Researchers from University of Twente, who are responsible for developing the simulation model of the laser-assisted composite tape winding process in ambliFibre, published a comprehensive article highlighting the development of the optical part of the model in the journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. The article titled “New... read more →
Pultrex Ltd. and Fraunhofer IPT presented results of the ambliFibre project at JEC World 2018, the leading international composites show, in Paris, France, on March 6-8. By the example of a reinforced thermoplastic pressure vessel, the Fraunhofer IPT presented its capabilities in process design, prototyping and development of special purpose... read more →
Ixun Lasertechnik has completed the assembly and the functional testing of the new ambliFibre laser optics. Based on a design by RWTH TOS, the optics shapes a rectangular laser beam focused in the process zone, where the tape and substrate are consolidated within the laser-assisted composite tape winding process. Integrated... read more →
The ambliFibre project, aiming at enhancing the system and control technology for the laser-assisted tape winding process for composite pipes and vessels, is in its final year. The completion of the design for the tape winding system includes the tape winding head by Fraunhofer IPT, responsible for guiding and consolidating the... read more →
Lightweight design and Industrie 4.0 represent two future trends for the automotive industry. Fraunhofer IPT addressed both topics in its presentation at Lightweight Vehicles 2017 conference in Berlin, Germany, highlighting online data collection and modelling for the realisation of an adaptive production process for composite pipes & vessels.
ambliFibre partners Pultrex Ltd. and Fraunhofer IPT joined forces at this year’s Composite Pressure Vessel Symposium, which was held in Porto, Portugal, this week. Both partners held presentations in front of the industrial audience. Fraunhofer IPT’s speech highlighted data collection and evaluation aspects during laser-assisted composite tape winding, while Pultrex... read more →
Video Systems Srl hosted the 6th General Assembly meeting in the project, which started in September 2015. All members of the project consortium met in Codroipo, Italy, and discussed the latest results of the development of the ambliFibre work packages. Video Systems also presented their current projects in other fields... read more →
As highlighted in the Life Cycle Analysis poster (Download ), life cycle impact and costs together with integrated reliability and maintainability models and techniques constitute an integral part of the ambliFibre system for the production of fibre-reinforced composite pipes and vessels. These aspects... read more →
As feedback to the ambliFibre press release, Process & Control News (PCN) Europe magazine published an article in its November 2017 edition. The ambliFibre laser-assisted tape winding system along with its model-based control, quality assurance and sustainability aspects is featured for the use-case of oil and gas transport in deep... read more →
Beside unbonded flexible pipes for the oil and gas industry, composite pressure vessels serve as an important use-case for the ambliFibre technology. Reflecting this important application for the ambliFibre laser-assisted tape winding system, Fraunhofer IPT published an article for the biannual AZL Newslight magazine. Newslight is circulated among the members... read more →
In an ever-changing industrial society, special attention has to be given to the environmental impact a product has during its lifespan. While developing the winding technology for thermoplastic fibre-reinforced tapes, the ambliFibre project also focuses on this topic in developing a Sophisticated Environmental Analysis (SEA) web tool by project partner... read more →
As the project is in its final year, several important results of the developments within ambliFibre will be highlighted at various conferences in November 2017. Mach4Lab and Life Cycle Engineering will both highlight sustainability and maintainability aspects of the ambliFibre project at the CAE Conference and Exhibition in Vicenza, Italy,... read more →
The applications of the high-speed uncooled medium wavelength infrared thermal camera by New Infrared Technologies are not limited to tape winding of fibre-reinforced composites. It can also be deployed to assess joining and cutting processes. This was highlighted at NIT’s booth at the International Trade Fair Joining Cutting Surfacing, which... read more →
In its booth at the Composites Europe, the 13th European Trade Fair and Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, Fraunhofer IPT presented the current status of cylindrical fibre-reinforced products. A pipe sample and part of a pressure vessel, which was manufactured during process optimisation trials within ambliFibre, were presented to... read more →
At the 21st International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM-21), which was held in Xi’an, China, from August 20 to 25, the ambliFibre consortium was represented by University of Twente, who held two presentations. Mohammad Hosseini displayed “Thermal Modelling Strategies for the Laser-Assisted Tape Winding Process”, while Amin Zaami presented the... read more →
The new high-speed infrared thermographic camera, which was developed by New Infrared Technologies within the ambliFibre project, was first presented to the public at NIT’s booth at LASER World of Photonics trade fair in Munich, Germany.
Video Systems, represented by Alessandro Liani, presented the ambliFibre project as well as the current status on data mining algorithm and smart HMI development, to interested visitors at Tube Russia 2017. The fair and exhibition was held in Moscow and started on June 5.
The Pipes and Vessels workgroup was created by AZL Aachen GmbH to organise regular meetings and a forum for discussions between members of industrial companies and academic institutes related to lightweight production in Aachen, Germany. The fourth meeting of this workgroup featured presentations by Stephen Stiff and Ian Raymant from... read more →
In addition to its LinkedIn-Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8561628), ambliFibre now hosts a Twitter account. Current news, updates and events associated with the project and its partners are now easily available by following ambliFibre on Twitter
Fraunhofer IPT issues a press release reviewing the objectives and activities during the first 18 months of the ambliFibre project. The document, which can be downloaded in pdf format in the dissemination section, also features an outlook on the rest of the project highlighting applications for the ambliFibre tape winding... read more →
The 20th international ESAFORM conference on material forming just ended in Dublin, Ireland. During the conference, Amin Zaami by University of Twente held a presentation on »Numerical Modeling of Laser Assisted Tape Winding Process« giving an insight into the developments of the ambliFibre simulation model for the laser-assisted tape winding... read more →
Consortium members Pultrex and Fraunhofer IPT joined the largest meeting of the composites industry in Paris, France, on March 14-16, 2017. Concepts and first results concerning the model-based controlled tape winding system to be assembled until the end of ambliFibre were discussed among peers.
As the concept phase of the various ambliFibre modules and technologies (data mining engine, simulation model, monitoring device, laser optics, thermal camera, as well as reliability and life cycle assessments) is concluded, their implementation can begin. After the first half of the project was concluded at the end of February... read more →
The ambliFibre consortium met in Brussels on March 1-3 to discuss the current progress and set the course for the beginning of the last 18 months of the project. With the assistance of exploitation expert Umberto de Feo of Meta Group, discussions about Key Exploitable Results and Business Planning were... read more →
ambliFibre is a European funded project with the aim to develop and validate the first intelligent model-based controlled laser-assisted tape winding system for fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (FRP) components serving the needs of tomorrow´s energy production and storage with an enhanced reliable, flexible, easily manageable and cost efficient manufacturing technology. The consortium... read more →
University of Twente, leading the development of the optical and thermal model within the ambliFibre project, issued a publication titled "Optical process model for laser-assisted tape winding" (document link) as part of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials, which took place in Munich, Germany, on 26th to 30th June 2016. The accompanying... read more →
The first installment of the newly developed ambliFibre dissemination rollup was part of the booth of consortium member Video Systems at the Tube & Wire Trade Fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, from 4th to 8th April. Among the discussions held about the prospects and developments within ambliFibre with visitors of the trade fair... read more →
The ambliFibre homepage now features instalments of dissemination materials featuring an overview of the project including expected results and technical objectives. A poster, a brochure and a rollup can be downloaded in the Dissemination section.
Awareness about the recently started ambliFibre project was raised at the JEC World 2016 Composites Show and Conferences. Consortium members Fraunhofer IPT and Pultrex incorporated the project and its projected developments into their booths. Bilateral talks with other members of the consortium visiting the trade fair were held. Additionally, Tido... read more →
The European funded ambliFibre project officially started on 1st September 2015. The project kick-off event was held at the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium.)