WIT Press

Numerical Simulation Of The Forming Process In Long Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CP960231

Volume

10

Pages

10

Published

1996

Size

1,070 kb

Author(s)

A.F. Johnson & A.K. Picket

Abstract

This paper describes the development of an explicit FE code as a simulation tool for the thermoforming process in long fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. Emphasis is on the forming process itself, where both interply sliding and intraply deformations may occur, the latter being important in double curvature geometry. Each prepreg ply is modelled by a shell finite element and an interface viscous friction law is imposed to govern interply and ply/tool sliding. Rheological constitutive equations are presented for the thermo- viscoelastic prepreg plies with unidirectional and fabric reinforcements. The paper presents thermoforming simulations carried out to validate

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