Composite Materials Prototyping Lab

The mission of Composite Materials Prototyping Lab is to contribute to increase the competitiveness of products and manufacturing processes of the aerospace industry through R&D activities focused on the design and manufacturing of innovative structural systems in composite materials.
The R&D activities aim at constituting a national excellence center on design and production engineering of composite structure, particularly in the scale-up from concept phase up to the prototype level, through processes, techniques, methodologies and advanced tools for the integrated and automated manufacturing.

Filament Winding Machine (CMC)

  • Ø max 0.8 m x L=3.6 m
  • 6 GDL
  • 10 spooling with controlled tension [7.50 N]

Control System: CMC1 Windows Based Machine Control

  • Robotic Cell (KUKA)
  • Max arm lenght 1.6 m, max. load 45 kg
  • D.o.f.: 8

Fiber tension control and head-injection system

  • Autoclave (IROP)
  • Ø 0.8 m x 1.2 m,
  • T=350 ºC, P=9,8 bar

Fluid air

  • Two components Resin Injection System (VENUS EP03)
  • Injection ratio: 1.1 ¸ 8.1
  • Inject pressure: 2 - 5.5 atm
Project heritage: VEGA Launcher, VEGA-C Launcher, IXV Vehicle
ISO/IEC 17025
ISO 9001
Keywords: CIRA, Composite materials, integrated and automated manufacturing