phd project

Modelling of laser assisted tape winding process

Start / End:

June 2016 to June 2020


University of Twente
Department: Engineering Technology
Chair of Production Technology
Office: Horst N202
P.O.Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone: +31534894238
Email: a.zaami [a] 


This project is a part of the EU funded Horizon 2020 project “ambliFibre” which consists of various international partners. It is intended to develop a physics based local model of the winding process and build an interface between the model output and machine control.



The most advanced and efficient way of manufacturing tubular FRPs is laser-assisted tape winding as the similar winding processes – hot-gas or infrared-based – show much lower performance with respect to process accuracy, speed and control speed. The ambliFibre will develop and validate the first intelligent model-based controlled laser-assisted tape winding system for the fibre reinforced thermoplastic (FRP) components. The main contribution is the leading of the process simulation development.


•To develop a local optical/thermal model for process control purposes, to be interfacing with local temperature distribution measurements.
•Building-up an integral process and machine simulation model for laser-assisted tape winding.
•Provide the inline monitoring solution for quality assurance directly after the consolidation process.
•To determine material property data for the thermal analysis and the interface strength development.