Spring forward of woven fabric reinforced composites

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

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Continuous-fibre-reinforced plastic products are usually formed at elevated temperatures. They exhibit distortions when they are cooled to room temperature and released from the mould. For example, the enclosed angle of an L-shaped product decreases, see Fig. 1. This effect is known as spring-forward. It is mainly due to the anisotropic thermal shrinkage of the composite, which is small in the fibre direction and relatively large in the direction normal to the fibres. The costs of forming a product with the demanded dimensions by trial and error are high. To reduce these costs, the objective of the research described in this paper is to develop a model, which predicts the occurring distortions.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event6th International Conference on Textile Composites 2002 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 11 Sep 200213 Sep 2002
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Conference on Textile Composites 2002
Abbreviated titleTEXCOMP 2002
CountryUnited States


  • IR-75602

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