GroFi: Large-scale fiber placement research facility

Christian Krombholz, Felix Kruse, Martin Wiedemann


GroFi is a large research facility operated by the German Aerospace Center’s Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology in Stade. A combination of dierent layup technologies namely (dry) ber placement and tape laying, allows the development and validation of new production technologies
and processes for large-scale composite components. Due to the use of coordinated and simultaneously working layup units a high exibility of the research platform is achieved. This allows the investigation of new materials, technologies and processes on both, small coupons, but also large components such as wing covers or fuselage skins.


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Cite article as: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. et al (2016). GroFi: Large-scale fiber placement research facility. Journal of large-scale research facilities, 2, A58.




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