In this study, a simple two step finite element model is developed to predict the spring-in of C-sections parts made of AS4/8552 composite. The development of resin properties throughout the MRCC were derived using Group Interaction Modelling and the mechanical properties of the composite predicted by using micromechanical models. Important mechanisms during manufacturing that are effective in the formation of residual stresses and shape distortions are defined. The finite element method implemented is composed of two steps before and after the vitrification of the resin. Vitrification is treated as a point at which the material suddenly changes from the rubbery to glassy state with constant properties in each state. The spring-in angles predicted by the finite element analysis are compared to the angles measured on C-section specimens of various lay-ups and thicknesses. The correlation is good showing the validity of the assumptions adopted.
|Translated title of the contribution||Modelling of the spring-in phenomenon in curved parts made of a thermosetting composite|
|Pages (from-to)||410 - 418|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2010|