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Thickness effect on spring-in of prepreg composite L-profiles - An experimental study
Saab AB, Broderna Ugglas Gata, SE-58188 Linkoping, Sweden.;KTH Royal Inst Technol, Dept Aeronaut & Vehicle Engn, Teknikringen 8, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden..
Saab AB, Broderna Ugglas Gata, SE-58188 Linkoping, Sweden.;KTH Royal Inst Technol, Dept Aeronaut & Vehicle Engn, Teknikringen 8, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden..
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Lightweight Structures.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6616-2964
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Lightweight Structures.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9207-3404
2019 (English)In: Composite structures, ISSN 0263-8223, E-ISSN 1879-1085, Vol. 209, p. 499-507Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the results and analysis of an experimental study of laminate thickness effects on the spring-in and shape distortion of thermoset composite L profiles. The primary objective is to achieve a broader understanding of how shape distortion is affected by laminate bending stiffness and part thickness of L-shaped laminates whose thickness varies between 1 and 12 mm. The larger thicknesses in particular have not received much attention in previous research. This work further aims at distinguishing the pure (geometrical) thickness effect from that of the coupled laminate bending stiffness by comparing laminates with different lay-ups. The work is performed on test specimens subjected to both a standard cure cycle and post-cure heat treatment at elevated temperatures. In parallel, finite element (FE) analysis is performed to evaluate if variation in the bending stiffness or the laminate thickness affects the predicted spring-in angle. The results clearly show spring-in dependence on laminate thickness and bending stiffness, whereas this dependence is not well predicted by the FE approaches. It is concluded that both effects exist and that shape distortions are more strongly related to bending stiffness than to laminate thickness.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2019. Vol. 209, p. 499-507
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Process simulation, Cure behaviour, Prepreg, Thermal properties
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Composite Science and Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-241304DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.10.090ISI: 000454690700043Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056208383OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-241304DiVA, id: diva2:1282748
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Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-01-25Bibliographically approved

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