Temperature Monitoring of Thermoplastic Laminates in an Automated Process Chain – Potential for Enhanced Mechanical Properties and Effective Processing
The presentation deals with the development process of a thermoplastic component for automotive application including the conceptual design, processing and part testing. Special emphasis is put on the process related issues, above all the temperature management of the thermoplastic composite. In detail, this comprises measurements on the part during the different steps of processing (i.e. heating, handling, transfer into the mould). Since the temperature management is crucial for the mechanical performance of any thermoplastic part using e.g. organosheets or laminates based on unidirectional tapes, we present an approach for quantitative description of the thermal behaviour (especially in through-thickness direction) during the different processing steps.
Authors: J. Rausch, D. Kugele
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016