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Effect Of Preheating and Size on the Mechanical Performance

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Effect Of Preheating and Size on the Mechanical Performance of Thermoplastic Flake Molding Compound (FMC)


Glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites have seen increased use in automotive semistructural applications over the last several decades. Injection and compression molding of long fiber thermoplastic pellets (G-LFT) and continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic tape (CFRT) are widely adopted. The processing of these materials has reached a high-level of maturity and, as such, they are confidently used in diverse applications. New material variants which show promise in automotive applications, such as thermoplastic flake molding compound (FMC), are not yet widely adopted because processing and resultant properties are still being investigated. The present work explores the relationship between flake preheating and size on mechanical performance. This is achieved by compression molding FMC panels fabricated using two different flake preheating temperatures and three sizes. The results show that increasing preheating temperature and flake length results in the tensile, flexure, and impact performance of the FMC panels to increase by approximately 20 % on average.


Authors: Jacob P. Anderson, Ryan P. Emerson


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0110


Pages: 8


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