Feasibility of tailoring of press formed thermoplastic composite parts

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Abstract

The Tailor Made Blank concept is widely accepted in the production of sheet metal parts. By joining, adding and subtracting materials, and sometimes even applying different alloys, parts can be produced more efficiently by cost and/or weight, and new design options have been discovered. This paper is about the manufacture of press formed parts of Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics and the evaluation whether the Tailoring concept, though adapted to the material behavior of FRTP, can be applied to these composites as well. From research, the first results and ideas are presented. One of the ideas is the multistep forming process, creating parts with thickness variations and combinations of fibre orientations that are usually not feasible using common press forming strategies. Another idea is the blending of different prepreg materials in one component. This might be useful in case of specific details, like for areas of mechanical fastening or to avoid carbon/metal contact, otherwise resulting in severe corrosion. In a brief overview, future perspectives of the potential of the Tailoring concept are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, ESAFORM 2018
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Volume1960
ISBN (Electronic)9780735416635
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2018
Event21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, ESAFORM 2018 - Palermo, Italy
Duration: 23 Apr 201825 Apr 2018

Conference

Conference21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, ESAFORM 2018
CountryItaly
CityPalermo
Period23/04/1825/04/18

Keywords

  • FRTP
  • joining
  • press forming
  • Tailor Made Blank concept

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