Thermo‐mechanical modeling of the temperature dependent forming behavior of thermoplastic prepregs
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Numerical optimization of the manufacturing process of hybrid lightweight structures consisting of fiber-reinforced plastics is of great importance. This article introduces an industry-oriented modeling approach for the thermoforming process of thermoplastic prepregs. A laminate model combined with established elastic-plastic constitutive laws is used for the numerical treatment of the temperature dependent material behavior of the composite. The mechanical properties of the Polyamide 66 (PA66) matrix are acquired from a data sheet provided by the manufacturer. Experiments including tensile, shear, and bending tests are performed to characterize the effective deformation behavior of the prepreg in the full temperature range. Appropriate model parameters are determined to represent the temperature dependent deformation behavior of the composite according to the experimental observations. The parameterized material model for the prepreg is eventually applied in the simulation of thermoforming processes to show the influence of process and material parameters on the forming behavior of thermoplastic prepregs.
|Number of pages||13|
|Early online date||14 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Aug 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- fiber-reinforced plastic, parameter identification, thermo-mechanical modeling, thermoforming, thermoplastics