The need for automation in the manufacture of aerospace composite components will be increasing over the next decade if forecasts for a coming wave of new commercial and military aircraft as well as Urban Air Mobility platforms stress the current composites industrial base. A key variable that is often overlooked on automation is the material. It is taken for granted that we can use current aerospace composite materials for automation solutions. This panel will explore materials needs for future aerospace components and discuss what needs to happen to optimize them for automation, will maintaining their properties.
Moderator: Dr. John Russell D.Sc., Chief, Structures Technology Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory