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Book used to cover the manufacturing aspects

Composites Manufacturing: Materials, Product, and Process Engineering [CRC press], 2001
Sanjay Mazumdar (Author)
Evolution of Engineering materials
Fleck, N. A., V. S. Deshpande, and M. F. Ashby. "Micro-architectured materials: past, present and future." Proceedings of the
Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 466.2121 (2010): 2495-2516.
Conventional Engineering Materials and examples

Metal properties: high stiffness,
strength, thermal stability,
thermal/electrical conductivity.
Sustain high service temperatures,
mostly machinable
Plastics: the production of plastics
on a volume basis has exceeded
steel production. They are not for
high temperature applications,
usually <100C, rarely up to 200 C,
easy to form in shape
Ceramics: great thermal stability,
high hardness, very rigid compared
to all materials, almost no ductility,
brittle, high chemical resistance,
used high-temperature and high-
wear applications, hard to cut and
form in shape
Composites: lightweight, when
replaces steel that save 60 to 80%
weight and when replace alumunim
they replace 20-50%. They have the
weaknesses of polymers
What Are Composites?
In general, A composite material is made by combining two or more materials to give
a unique combination of properties.
Example of composites: metals alloys, plastic co-polymers, minerals, wood, and fiber-
reinforced composites.
Fiber-reinforced composite materials the constituent materials are different at the
molecular level and are mechanically separable (so they are very heterogeneous). The
final properties of composite materials are better than constituent material properties
Composites are associated with a wide range of length scales, down to the nano range
Basics idea behind Fiber-reinforced composite materials
nonstructural applications structural applications
Fabrication: Injection,
compression molding
Fabrication: filament
winding, pultrusion, roll
wrapping , and layup
Are scale and microstrure related to composite fabrication?
Basics two classed of Fiber-reinforced composite materials
Functions of Fibers and Matrix
Carry the load. In a structural composite, 70 to 90% of the load
is carried by fibers.
Provide stiffness, strength, and structural properties
material binds the fibers together and transfers the load to the fibers.
It provides rigidity and shape to the structure.
The matrix isolates the fibers so that individual fibers can act separately.
The matrix provides a good surface finish quality
The matrix provides protection to reinforcing fibers against chemicals and wear
Assists in providing ductility, impact strength, etc. A ductile matrix will increase the
toughness of the structure. For higher toughness requirements, thermoplastic-based
composites are selected.
The failure mode is strongly affected by the type of matrix material used in the
composite as well as its compatibility with the fiber.
Advantages Composites
high specific stiffness (stiffness-to-density ratio). Composites offer the stiffness of
steel at one fifth the weight and equal the stiffness of aluminum at one half the
High specific strength (strength-to-density ratio). The specific strength is typically in
the range of 3 to 5 times that of steel and aluminum alloys.
High fatigue strength (endurance limit). Unidirectional carbon/epoxy composites
have good fatigue strength up to almost 90% of their static strength, (50% for steel or
aluminum alloys)
high corrosion resistance.
Good impact properties
Easy to shape into curved surfaces
Drawbacks of Composites (but there are efforts to lessen them)
Material Cost (5 to 20 times more than steel/aluminum per weight)
Low volume production. Solutions to increase the rates include automated (pultrusion,
resin transfer molding (RTM), structural reaction injection molding (SRIM),
compression molding of sheet molding compound (SMC), and filament winding have
been automated for higher production rates.
Drawbacks of Composites (but there are efforts to lessen them)
Material Cost (5 to 20 times more than steel/aluminum per weight)
Low volume production. Solutions to increase the rates include automated (pultrusion,
resin transfer molding (RTM), structural reaction injection molding (SRIM),
compression molding of sheet molding compound (SMC), and filament winding have
been automated for higher production rates.
Lack of design databases and handbooks (contrary to metals where metal design
handbooks are widely available)
Functionality is limited to a restrictive range of
temperatures (depending on the polymer)
Prone to degradation due to moisture.
Some composites depending on their polymer
can be degraded due to corrosion
Composites Processing
(RTM): resin transfer molding,
(SRIM): structural reaction injection molding
(SMC): compression molding of sheet molding
Composites product fabrication
Forming, machining,
assembly, and finishing
Composites Markets
Transportation industry is the largest user of composite materials (1.3 billion pounds of
composites in 2000)
the price of carbon fiber decreased from $150.00/lb in 1970 to about $8.00/lb in 2000
composites : aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, corrosion resistant
equipment, consumer products
600,000 lb of composite material used in top of-the-line bicycles, which sell in the
range of $3000 to $5000 per unit.
Marine composites: mainly glass-reinforced plastics (GRP) with foam and honeycomb as
core materials
70% of all recreational boats are made of composite materials
United States was $8.85 billion and total composite shipments in the boating industry
worldwide is estimated as 620 million lbs in 2000.
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Matrix Materials
Thermoset Resins:
Costly but Most widely used
varying grades of epoxies with varying levels of
cure rate and temperate processing requirement can modified
Epoxies can operate at relative high temperature (200 to 250)F, and some can go up to
Epoxies can be bought in three forms (liquid, solid, semi-solid) each form is suitable for
particular fabrication method
generally brittle
Thermoplastic Resins
Thermoset Resins:
after curing (cross-linking) they cannot be melted of reformed.
With increased cross-linking density, they become more rigid and thermally stable.
Too much cross-linking, they become more brittle
easier to process as they can cure at room temperature
greater thermal and dimensional stability, better rigidity, chemical, and solvent
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Phenolics :
Satisfied the requirements for low smoke and toxicity. Therefore, used for aircraft
interiors, stowbins, and galley walls
water is generated during cure reaction
are used in exhaust components, missile parts, manifold spacers, commutators, and disc
Polyesters :
Low cost
Low operating service temperatures
excellent corrosion resistance
Can thermoplastic or thermoset
Good chemical and corrosion resistance
FRP pipes and tanks in the chemical industry
Better ductility and toughness that epoxies and polyester
Cheaper than epoxies
Cyanate Esters
excellent strength, toughness, better electrical properties, and lower moisture
absorption compared to other resins.
spacecrafts, aircrafts, missiles, antennae
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Bismaleimide (BMI) and Polyimide:
Glass transition temperature (Tg) of BMIs is in the range of 550 to 600F much higher
than for other resins.
Low toughness
Difficult to process
Polyurethane :
Used in automotive applications (e.g. bumper beams, hoods, body panels)
Used to make foams for seats
Can be thermoplastic or thermoset
excellent wear, tear, and chemical resistance, good toughness, and high resilience.
Thermoplastics :
ductile and tougher than thermosets
used for a wide variety of nonstructural applications
repeated reshaping and reforming by the application of heat
Poor creep resistance (especially at high temperatures) as compared to thermosets
More susceptible to chemicals and solvents than thermosets
Can be welded together (so repair and joining of parts is more simple than for
Require higher forming temperatures and pressures than thermosets
higher viscosity than thermosets (affect manufacturing processes where flow is
Is a research area.
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Also called polyamides.
There are several types of nylon (e.g. nylon 6, nylon 66, nylon 11)
absorb moisture
Good surface appearance and good lubricity
used for making intake manifolds, housings, gears, bearings, bushings
available as prepregs
With glass reinforcements, they can provide good impact-resistance ( better than
aluminim and magnesium)
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Polypropylene (PP):
low-cost and low-density (less than water)
good strength, stiffness, chemical resistance, and fatigue resistance
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK):
Relatively new and very costly (50$/lb) with processing temperature 380 to 400C
Can service at high temperatures (250C)
Carbon-reinforced PEEK composites (APC-2) are used in fuselage, satellite parts, and
aerospace structures
greater damage tolerance, better solvent resistance
PEEK has the advantage of almost 10 times lower water absorption than epoxies.
Aerospace grade composites have 4 to 5% water absorption at room temperature
50 to 100 times higher than that of epoxies
Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS):
Can service at high temperatures (225C)
It is processed in the temperature range of 300 to 345C
Prepreg systems with PPS are commercially availed (e.g. Ryton and Techtron)
PPS-based composites are used for applications where great strength and chemical
resistance are required at elevated temperature.
Thermoplastics :
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Reinforcements (glass, carbon ,aramid, boron fibers)
Typical carbon fiber diameters range from 5-8, glass fiber 5 -25 mm, aramid fiber is
12.5 mm and boron fiber 100mm
Fibers are thin, bendable and easy to conform to various shapes.
In general, fibers are made into strands for weaving or winding operations.
For delivery purposes, fibers are wound around a bobbin and collectively called
a roving.
An untwisted bundle of carbon fibers is called tow.
Woven Fabrics
Fibers are commercially available in multiple forms
Woven Fabrics
The amount of fiber in
different directions is
controllable. For example, a
unidirectional woven fabric
has 95% (weight wise) of its
fibers aligned with 0
(Noncrimp) Fabrics
bi-ply fabric
A prepreg is a flat shaped resin pre-impregnated fiber, fabric, or mat, which is
stored for later use
Unidirectional prepregs: Fibers are laid at 0
Unidirectional tape is used to build multi-directional laminates
Woven fabric prepregs are used to make highly contoured parts and sandwiched
structures with honeycomb cores for aerospace applications
Preimpregnated rovings are primarily used in filament winding applications
Epoxy-based prepregs come thickness range of 0.127 mm (0.005 in.) to 0.254 mm
(0.01 in.)
Available as thermoset-based or thermoplastic-based
Unidirectional prepregs are available in widths ranging from 0.5 to 60 in.
Weave based prepregs are availed in widths ranging 39 to 60 in
Prepregs in roving form are also available for filament winding purposes.
Prepregs are generally used for hand lay-up, roll wrapping, compression molding, and
automatic lay-up processes.
prepregs are cured in the presence of pressure and temperature to obtain the final
Process time for thermoset prepreg ( up to 8 hours), of thermoplastic (minutes)
Especial classes of fiber forms
Preforms (e.g. braiding and filament winding)
Especial classes of fiber forms
Molding Compound
Molding compounds are made of short or long fibers impregnated with resins
In general, hey are used for compression molding and injection molding processes
Sheet Molding Compound (SMC)
Roughly speaking (similar to a prepreg). So it is a sheet preimpregnated with resin
but it has long and short fibers
primarily consists of polyester or vinylester resin, chopped glass fibers, inorganic
fillers (30% by weight short glass fibers). At 50 to 60% the system is called HMC
low-cost technology and used for high-volume production of composite
components requiring moderate strength (most popular composite in automotive)
Come with various thicknesses (up to 6 mm), process time (1 to 4 minutes),
processes with temperature and pressure

reduce cost, increase
dimensional stability, and
reduce shrinkage
Cross linking
Prevent premature
SMC fabrication (the sheet not the product)
polyethylene film
Carrier films help in packaging and handling and are removed before molding
(making a part)
Continuous and short fibers can be added
A polyester-based SMC has to pass through a maturation period (1 to 7 days at
30C) before using in molding. This period allows the resin viscosity to increase to
the levels needed for molding (very low viscosity doesnt allow pressure
Common Types of SMCs
SMC-R, for randomly
oriented short fibers. The
weight percent of the
fiber is written after R.
For example, SMC-R25
has 25 wt% short fibers
SMC-CR (continuous
unidirectional and
random fibers). The
percentage amounts of
C and R are denoted
after the letters C and
R as SMCC30R20)
XMC (mixture of random
short fibers with
continuous fibers in an X
pattern with an angle 5
to 7
Especial classes of fiber forms
Thick Molding Compound (TMC)
Thick molding compound (TMC) is a thicker form of SMC and can go up to 50mm
Random fibers are distributed in 3D
Bulk Molding Compound (BMC) or dough molding compound (DMC).
Has a log or rope form
obtained by mixing the resin paste with fibers and then extruding
generally contains 15 to 20% fiber in a polyester or vinylester resin
Fibers length from 6 to 12 mm.
Lowe mechanical properties that SMC (lower fiber volume fraction, shorter fiber
length) than SMC composites.
Injection Moldable Compounds
For composites, the process similar to pultrusion
Used with thermoplastic and thermosets
For rod-like structures
Raw Materials for Part Fabrication
Honeycomb and Other Core Materials
Cores are used for sandwich structures as cores between two thin high-strength
facings. Used in aircraft, transportation, marine, etc.
joined with facings using an adhesive strong
Cores increase the structure second moment of inertia (just like I-beam)
The sandwich construction provides the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio and
strength-to-weight ratio
Commonly core flat sheet comes in a 4x8ftsize having a thickness of 0.125 to 12 in
Made mostly by expansion or corrugation
Honeycomb and Other Core Materials
Honeycomb and Other Core Materials
Material selection
Important concepts of composites
Design for manufacturing
Design for Assembly (DFA)