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1. (WO2018087565) COMPOSITE MATERIAL LAY-UP EQUIPMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/087565    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/053401
Publication Date: Fri May 18 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Nov 11 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B29C 70/38
B29C 35/04
B29C 35/16
B29C 70/54
Applicants: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
Inventors: TINGLE, James
Title: COMPOSITE MATERIAL LAY-UP EQUIPMENT
Abstract:
There is disclosed a composite material lay-up head (20) for applying elongate fibre reinforcement material (14) to a tool (12), the head (20) comprising: at least one elongate tow guide channel (32) for guiding fibre reinforcement material (14) from a tow inlet (33) to a tow outlet (35) of the channel (32); and feed apparatus (36, 38) for feeding fibre reinforcement material through the at least one channel (32); wherein the or each channel (32) is provided with at least one nozzle (60) arranged so that in use a jet of gas can be delivered into the channel (32) so as to inhibit contact between fibre reinforcement material (14) in the channel (32) and the channel (32).