Modeling and control of the in-situ thermoplastic composite tape-laying process

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Abstract

In thermoplastic tape-laying, a laminated composite is constructed by local application of heat and pressure. Each new layer is bonded to the previously bonded layers (substrate). The temperature at the interface between the top ply and substrate is critical to achieving interlaminar bonding. Recent research on the in-situ thermoplastic composite tape-laying process has focused on the modeling, numerical analysis and experimental analysis, but little research has considered the control of this process. In this work, a methodology is proposed for modeling and control of in-situ thermoplastic composite tape-laying. The key to the control algorithm is predicting the temperature at the interface between top ply and substrate. Based on a process model, a state feedback controller and a state estimator for temperature are designed for closed-loop control using the linear quadratic method. Two different approaches are used to develop the process model for real-time closed-loop control through temperature feedback. In the first approach, a low order lumped model is constructed from a finite difference scheme. The second approach constructs an empirical model through system identification. The structure of the two models are identical, but the parameters differ. The experimental results have shown a significant improvement in temperature control compared with the previous control method indicating that the proposed modeling and control methodology can produce a high quality thermoplastic composite laminate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998
Pages2170-2175
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Event1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 24 1998Jun 26 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
Volume4
ISSN (Print)0743-1619

Other

Other1998 American Control Conference, ACC 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period6/24/986/26/98

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