Production Engineering

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 779–788 | Cite as

Influence of punch sequence and prediction of wrinkling in textile forming with a multi-punch tool

  • Sven CoutandinEmail author
  • David Brandt
  • Paul Heinemann
  • Paul Ruhland
  • Jürgen Fleischer
Production Process


Liquid composite moulding (LCM) processes show a high potential in automated, large scale production of continuous fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP). One of the most challenging steps is the forming of the two-dimensional textile material into a complex, three-dimensional fibre structure. In this paper, a multi-punch forming process is presented. The upper mould of a generic part geometry is divided into 15 independently controllable punches. Depending on the different punch sequences, draping effects as well as defects related to wrinkling and shearing of the textile material are investigated. It has been shown that the sequence of the punches has a significant influence on the final preform quality. To predict the resulting regions of wrinkling and shearing, a finite-element based simulation model is set up. Forming tests and simulations with different punch-sequences are then performed and evaluated for validation purposes. To make a statement about the global preform quality, different objective functions regarding wrinkling are presented and analysed.


FRP Textile forming Multi-punch forming Draping simulation 



This paper is based on investigations within the research grant supported by the German Research Foundation DFG (Project Number 377740863). The calculations were performed on the computational resource bwUniCluster funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Universities of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, within the framework program bwHPC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Coutandin
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Brandt
    • 1
  • Paul Heinemann
    • 1
  • Paul Ruhland
    • 1
  • Jürgen Fleischer
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)wbk Institute of Production ScienceKarlsruheGermany

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