Title: IMPLEMENTATION OF COMBINATORIAL OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR AUTOMATED FIBER PLACEMENT THROUGH THICKNESS DEFECT STACK-UP MINIMIZATION
Authors: Noah C. Swingle, Alex R. Brasington, Joshua A. Halbritter, Ramy Harik
Abstract: The Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) module was developed to facilitate and accelerate the process planning workflow for Automated Fiber Placement (AFP). CAPP assists process planners in identifying optimal starting point locations and layup strategies for each ply of a laminate. Ply optimization operates on measurement and scoring of geometry-based defects such as gaps, overlaps, angle deviation, and steering. This paper expands on the established framework for analyzing defect stack-up through thickness of a laminate. Four different combinatorial optimization algorithms are implemented and evaluated: (1) genetic algorithm, (2) differential evolution, (3) particle swarm, and (4) greedy search. The algorithms identify the optimal combination of ply-level layup strategies, by scoring potential laminates on defect stacking, using two different objective functions. A final optimization approach is also presented which trades some performance for a large gain in efficiency. These approaches are compared to a randomized combination using a complex tool surface in a virtual case study. The result is a streamlined methodology for comparing different laminate-level manufacturing strategies and minimizing the through thickness defect stack up.
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