Patent Number: 8,715,561

Title: Assembling and shaping laminate panel

Abstract: A method of assembling and shaping a laminate panel. An intermediate member is mounted on a lay-up table and a lay-up is assembling by laying a series of plies onto the intermediate member on the lay-up table. The intermediate member and the lay-up are then removed from the lay-up table and placed them on a shaped surface. The lay-up is then forced against the shaped surface, via the intermediate member, in a manner that modifies the shape of the lay-up to form a shaped laminate panel. Finally the shaped laminate panel is removed from the intermediate member. The lay-up table can thus support the flexible intermediate member during assembly, and can be relatively flat to enable the lay-up to assembled by an automated process.

Inventors: Levers; Andrew (Bristol, GB), Wiles; Gary (Bristol, GB)

Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited

International Classification: B29C 51/10 (20060101); B29C 51/14 (20060101); B29C 51/36 (20060101); B29C 70/38 (20060101); B29C 70/34 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018