New concepts for cutting, surface treatment and forming of aluminium sheets used for fibre-metal laminate manufacturing

  • Stefan Dieckhoff
  • Jens Standfuß
  • József-Sebastian Pap
  • Annett Klotzbach
  • Frieder Zimmermann
  • Malte Burchardt
  • Christoph Regula
  • Ralph Wilken
  • Hilmar Apmann
  • Kai Fortkamp
  • Jens Hackius
Original Paper


With regard to the automated production of fibre-metal laminates (FML), new technologies for the treatment of thin aluminium sheets (AA2024, AA5028) are developed. This includes laser cutting, creep forming and surface treatment by means of laser and plasma techniques as well as the use of a novel anodizing tape for local applications. The surface treatment techniques are used for surface pretreatment and cut edge protection of aluminium sheets. The results concerning cutting speed, creep forming parameters, corrosion protection performance and adhesion properties allow a first evaluation of the feasibility for the use of these novel processes with regard to the resulting material properties and the associated manufacturing aspects in industrial FML production.


FML Laser cutting Creep forming Surface treatment 



This study was funded by German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy within the frame of aviation research program V–II, project “NFM-GLARE”, ref. no. 20W1517D. The support is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Dieckhoff
    • 1
  • Jens Standfuß
    • 2
  • József-Sebastian Pap
    • 2
  • Annett Klotzbach
    • 2
  • Frieder Zimmermann
    • 2
  • Malte Burchardt
    • 1
  • Christoph Regula
    • 1
  • Ralph Wilken
    • 1
  • Hilmar Apmann
    • 3
  • Kai Fortkamp
    • 3
  • Jens Hackius
    • 4
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM)BremenGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS)DresdenGermany
  3. 3.Premium Aerotec GmbHNordenhamGermany
  4. 4.Airbus Operations GmbHBremenGermany

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