Finite element simulations of laminated composite forming processes

René H.W. ten Thije

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    Continuous Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRPs) combine strength and stiffness of fibres with the design flexibility of polymeric matrix materials. Fast production methods like thermo-folding, diaphragm forming or stamping can produce large numbers of CFRP components in a cost efficient way. Pre-consolidated laminates are heated above their melting temperature and subsequently re-shaped. These forming processes can introduce unacceptable shape distortions such as springback, wrinkling or tearing. The objective of this research is the development of a design tool for high precision CFRP components made from multi-layer laminates. Optimisation of the CFRP design and the forming process reduces costly trial-and-error procedures and can significantly shorten the time-to-market. This requires a predictive model that is robust, accurate and fast. Such an all-encompassing procedure is not readily available.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Akkerman, R., Supervisor
    • Huétink, J., Supervisor
    Award date21 Sept 2007
    Print ISBNs9789036525466
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2007


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