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Controlling the Geometry of High-Rate Thermoplastic Composites via Over-Braiding


Title: Controlling the Geometry of High-Rate Thermoplastic Composites via Over-Braiding

Authors: Jessica Lavorata, Jan-Anders E. Mansson

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/s.21.0471

Abstract: This paper introduces a novel manufacturing method that produces an intermediate material form known as M-TOW® (multifunctional-tow). M-TOW® integrates different material forms to produce a continuous fiber reinforced rod/tow. The core component, unidirectional pre-impregnated fiber composites, gives the M-TOW® its high-performance mechanical characteristics. The composite tow is lightly over-braided with dry fibers to confine the shape and maintain consolidation during subsequent 3-D forming operations. Finally, a compatibility-promoting polymer coating may be applied to enhance bonding during future additive molding operations. An optimal processing window is developed for full compaction and consolidation to ensure that the M-TOW® retains its high-performance characteristics while being economically viable. This optimal processing window incorporates operating temperature, line speed, braid pressure and braid density. By controlling the over-braid’s tension and speed, the tow achieves near perfect cylindricity with higher fiber volume fraction, thus producing a consolidated composite without using expensive molds. Finally, this work demonstrates the ability to manufacture a high-performance composite which will be used to incorporate additional functional elements.

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Conference: SAMPE NEXUS 2021

Publication Date: 2021/06/29

SKU: TP21-0000000471

Pages: 12

Price: FREE

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