Innovative Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Test Beam to Validate All Failure Modes for Automotive
W. Schijve, R. Yaldiz
SABIC, Geleen, The Netherlands
Today, carbon emissions reduction is one of the key drivers for new developments in the automotive industry. Amongst others, one solution is to reduce the weight of a vehicle significantly. Composite materials can offer these weight savings, yet wide spread adoption is still not there. Besides cost, a major hurdle is the lack of confidence in performance predictability. Especially for the more cost efficient hybrid combinations of UD tape based laminates with overmoulding material robust predictability procedures are not yet state of the art. For this reason a test component was designed that can be produced in a representative production process and is able to validate all of the many different composite failure modes. The main purpose here being to have sufficient process and simulation validation for any yet to be designed component. At the same time the design takes care to have actual failure in the continuous fibre composite material and not in the much weaker short/long injection overmoulding material.
ITHEC 2016 Manuscript P26
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Manuscript P26 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2016
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