An Innovative Approach to Joining Polymer and Metal Sheets to Light-Weight Hybrid Structures
D. Drummer, J. Vittinghoff
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Hybrid parts consisting of sheet metal and injection-moulded ribbing have been on the market for years. These in-mould-assembled hybrids have been joined by form-fit and frictional joints, which can easily be achieved with the use of cut-outs and undercuts in metal inserts. However, said joining techniques have serious disadvantages (e.g. stress concentrations on junction points), which can reduce their light-weight capability. In this paper a novel, full-faced joining technique using a thermo-reactive adhesive layer will be introduced and the influence of the chosen material and processing parameters on mechanical component performance will also be explored.
ITHEC 2014 Manuscript B5
Publication date: 01/04/2015
Manuscript B5 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2014
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