• Out of Autoclave Manufacture of Advanced Composites
  • Void Formation and Growth in High-Performance Composites
  • An Advanced Parallel Kinematic Drilling Facility
  • Automated Nutplate Installation
  • Out of Autoclave Manufacture of Advanced Composites

    The aim of this project is to fully understand out-of-autoclave (OOA) techniques for manufacturing large composite parts for the aerospace industry.The use of resin transfer molding (an OOA technique) enables large structures, such as the stiffened aircraft skins, to be manufactured both quickly and cost-effectively.

  • Void Formation and Growth in High-Performance Composites

    This project aims to identify and understand the mechanisms responsible for the formation of voids during the processing of large aircraft structures. Analytical and numerical models will be developed and applied to simple panels. Once fully verified, the models will be used to predict the processes of void formation and growth in larger structures. This information will ultimately be used to help in the manufacture of defect-free aircraft components.

  • An Advanced Parallel Kinematic Drilling Facility

    The aim of this project is to develop a robotic system for automatic drilling in the airplane part manufacturing. The project is using an off-the-shelf drilling end effector and integrating it into a lightweight parallel kinematic robot (PKR) that is designed to locate and position on current assembly fixtures.

    The PKR capability offers the following advantages: (i) No changes to current process and fixtures apart from locating features (ii) Light weight and easily moved between fixtures (iii) Manual operations can occur in the vicinity of the robot (iv) Lower costs allowing several to be deployed simultaneously.

  • Automated Nutplate Installation

    Nutplates are extensively used as a “blind” fastening system for detachable panels. The nutplate houses a threaded nut and is fastened to the substructure to prevent it from turning. The aim of this research project is to develop an automated capability for fitting nutplates to a complex structure. The initial phases of the project will be to develop and integrate a mechanism that is able to fit the nutplate to a flat plate. This will then be extended to add the capability of operating autonomously around a more complex component.

Type Students Project Title Time
Type : SDP group Time : Fall2016 – Spring 2017
SDP group Saeed H. Almenhali
( 100036512 )

Abdalla A.Banihammad
( 100036427 )

Abdul Razzaq A. Al Marzouqi
( 100035226 )
Design and build of an Automatic Rivet Feeding System for Aerostructure Manufacturing Fall2016 – Spring 2017
Type : IndependentStudy Time : Fall2016 – Spring 2017
IndependentStudy Khalil Kayani
( 100039746 )
Robotic Motion Planning for Automatic Drilling in Aerostructure Manufacturing Fall2016 – Spring 2017
Type : IndependentStudy Time : Spring 2017
IndependentStudy Omar Abdulla Alraeesi
( 100039952 )
Coordinate Measuring Machine based Hole Quality Measurement in Automatic AerostructureManufacturing Spring 2017
Type : IndependentStudy Time : Spring 2017
IndependentStudy Amna SaeedAdheem
( 100038672 )
Six DOF Eye-To-Hand Calibration of Profile Laser Scanner Spring 2017
Type : IndependentStudy Time : Fall2016
IndependentStudy Rashed Bin Tamim
( 100039871 )
Robotic End effector Design for Automatic Aerostructure Manufacturing Fall2016
Type : IndependentStudy Time : Fall2016
IndependentStudy Ali Fadhlani
( 100039745 )
Force Signatures in Automatic Robotic Drilling in Aerostructure Manufacturing Fall2016