Compression molding of chopped woven thermoplastic composite flakes
Start / End:
Feb 2012 to April 2016
06-2016 – 06-2017
PostDoc at the University of Twente: ‘Energy storage in Flywhells’
Summary of PhD Thesis
Continuous fiber reinforced composites with high-performance thermoplastic polymer matrices have an enormous potential in terms of performance, production rate, cost efficiency and recyclability. The use of this relatively new class of materials by the aerospace and automotive industry has been growing steadily during the last decade. However, the use of continuous reinforcements limit the complexity of the shape of the end products, as defects such as wrinkles can form during processing. Moreover, a significant amount of process waste is generated, which lowers the efficiency of the conventional production processes involving a prepreg cutting stage and/or final trimming stages.
This project is funded by the Thermoplastic Composite Research Centre (TPRC). The support of the Region Twente and the Gelderland & Overijssel team for the TPRC, by means of the GO Programme EFRO 2007-2013, is gratefully acknowledged