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Press And Injection Hybrid Molding Of Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC150201

Volume

90

Pages

8

Page Range

225 - 232

Published

2015

Size

700 kb

Author(s)

K. Tanaka, Y. Fujita, T. Katayama

Abstract

To obtain light-weight vehicles, which is one of the major solutions of the automotive industry to reduce CO2 emissions, the use of fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite material (FRTP) has attracted much attention. For molding methods of FRTP, there are press molding using continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics and injection molding using short or long fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Although injection molding can mold complex shapes, its mechanical property is not enough for the use as a structural material. On the other hand, press molding using continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics is excellent in strength and elastic modulus, however, it is difficult to mold three-dimensional complex shapes. The novel molding technology, introduced in this paper, has been developed to gain new perspectives in FRTP by combining press molding and injection molding. This novel hybrid molding technology is suited to mold structural components with high-strength and high-stiffness. Although the interfaces between rib structures with short or long fiber reinforced thermoplastics and the laminated outer shell with the continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic laminate, the interfacial properties has not been clarified yet. In this study, press and injection hybrid molding that can mold products of complex shapes was introduced, and demonstrator products were molded. To evaluate the bonding strength between rib structures and laminated outer shell of press and injection hybrid molding composites, tensile test of T-shape specimen were conducted.

Keywords

press and injection hybrid molding, composite manufacturing, glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics, bonding strength, rib, FRTP