Overmolding of thermoplastic composites is a technology in which a thermoplastic composite is thermoformed and subsequently injection overmolded. Although the feasibility of the process is increasingly demonstrated, it is acknowledged that there is a lack of proper design tools that can be used for a right-the-first-time design strategy. A model was proposed for the prediction of the bond strength between a solid polymer or composite insert and an injected polymer. A test method was developed to validate this bond strength under tensile and shear loading conditions. An experimental method was developed for the analysis of warpage and spring-forward in single curved, overmolded geometries. A thermo-elastic model was experimentally validated, finding good correlation between the measured and predicted spring-forward.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||3rd Annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, CAMX 2016 - Anaheim, United States|
Duration: 26 Sep 2016 → 29 Sep 2016
|Conference||3rd Annual Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, CAMX 2016|
|Period||26/09/16 → 29/09/16|