A lubrication approach to friction in thermoplastic composites forming processes

R.H.W. ten Thije, R. Akkerman, M.P. Ubbink, L. van der Meer

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Friction is an important phenomenon that can dominate the resulting product geometry of thermoplastic composites upon forming. A model was developed that predicts the friction between a thermoplastic laminate and a rigid tool. The model is based on the Reynolds equation for thin film lubrication and assumes hydrodynamic lubrication on a meso-mechanical level. The frictional properties are calculated, solely based on the rheological properties of the matrix constituent and the fabric weave geometry. The results have been validated against pull-out experiments of a 2 × 2 twill polypropylene (Twintex) weave at melt temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)950-960
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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