Modelling of fabric draping: Finite elements versus a geometrical method

E.A.D. Lamers, Sebastiaan Wijskamp, Remko Akkerman

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Thermoplastic composite materials can be processed by Rubber Press Forming at elevated temperatures. Process specific boundary conditions are difficult to incorporate in the classical geometric drape simulation methods. Therefore, a fabric reinforced fluid model was implemented in the Finite Element package DIEKA, which is capable of modelling the boundary conditions as well. The model predictions of both types of simulations are compared for a double dome geometry, having separated contact areas, leading to different results.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventESAFORM 2001: 4th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming - Liège, Belgium
Duration: 23 Apr 200125 Apr 2001
Conference number: 4


ConferenceESAFORM 2001
Abbreviated titleESAFORM


  • draping
  • material forming
  • IR-75460
  • Composites
  • FE-draping

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