Thermoforming carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites

R. McCool, A. Murphy, R. Wilson, Z. Jiang, M. Price, J. Butterfield, P. Hornsby

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The use of carbon fibre composites is growing in many sectors but their use remains stronger in very high value industries such as aerospace where the demands of the application more easily justify the high energy input needed and the corresponding costs incurred. This energy and cost input is returned through gains over the whole life of the product, with for example, longer maintenance intervals for an aircraft and lower fuel burn. Thermoplastic composites however have a different energy and cost profile compared to traditional thermosets with notable differences in recyclability, but this profile is not well quantified or documented. This study considers the key process control parameters and identifies an optimal window for processing, along with the effect this has on the final characteristics of the manufactured parts. Interactions between parameters and corresponding sensitivities are extracted from the results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications
Issue number2
Early online date16 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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