Visualising process induced variations in the manufacture of tufted sandwich panels

E. M. Withers*, J. Kratz, I. Hamerton, C. Ward

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Abstract

Tufting is a promising through-thickness reinforcement (TTR) method for composite sandwich panels but is still under-used. In order to better understand the formation of the tuft and the influence of different processing parameters a test bed was designed to make visible the quality implications of needle and thread insertions. The forces required to insert tufts were measured in sandwich structures of NCF carbon and foam core alongside the visual effects of the needle on the assembly. The results provide more detail on the process and will help to identify the process parameters that limit tufting quality and therefore its repeatability and mechanical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials
PublisherEuropean Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM
ISBN (Electronic)9783000533877
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event17th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2016 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference17th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2016
Abbreviated titleECCM 2016
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period26/06/1630/06/16

Keywords

  • Quality
  • Sandwich structure
  • Through-thickness reinforcement
  • Tufting

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    Withers, E. M., Kratz, J., Hamerton, I., & Ward, C. (2016). Visualising process induced variations in the manufacture of tufted sandwich panels. In ECCM 2016 - Proceeding of the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM.