An experimental investigation of the consolidation behaviour of uncured prepregs under processing conditions

Ollie Nixon-Pearson, Jonathan Belnoue, Dmitry Ivanov, Kevin Potter, Stephen Hallett

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Abstract

This paper presents a methodology and research study that characterises toughened materials, as is needed for optimisation of composite manufacturing processes. The specific challenge is to cover all of the stages of advanced composite manufacturing: fibre deposition by automatic fibre placement machines, hot or room temperature debulking, and consolidation in an autoclave. In these processes the material experiences a wide range of processing parameters: pressure, load rate, temperatures, and boundary constraints. In these conditions toughened prepregs, exhibit complex rheological behaviour, with diverse flow and deformation mechanisms at various structural scales. Here a series of experimental results are presented in order to describe the temperature, viscosity, flow mechanisms, and scale-effects of simple un-cured prepreg stacks. The driver for this study is to obtain a further understanding of flow mechanisms throughout the consolidation phase of composites manufacture since fibre path defects are most likely to occur during compaction, prior to vitrification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1911-1924
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Volume51
Issue number13
Early online date24 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS

Keywords

  • Prepreg
  • Microstructures
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Consolidation
  • Manufacturing

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