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Process analysis for structural optimisation of thermoplastic composite component using the building block approach

The paper aim is to establish and optimise the prediction model of a thermoplastic fibre reinforced component designed and manufactured through an integrated injection moulding process (Hybrid Moulding). This is done by the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and then the process simulations, considering the composite material as an elastic anisotropic woven fabric to study the deformations undergone during the manufacturing process. The proposed methodology for creating the predictive model is fairly accurate, and it is a novel method which can be easily integrated and adapted into a components initial design phase. This optimisation technique can replace the expensive and traditional trial and error procedures during the design and prototyping phase, and it significantly decreases the time to build the final component.

» Author: N. Amirth Jayasree, A.G. Airale, A. Ferraris, A. Messana, L. Sisca, M. Carello

» Reference: Composites Part B: Engineering, Volume 126

» Publication Date: 01/10/2017

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