Production of UD-Tape Based Thermoplastic Composite Parts
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Tape layup, pre-consolidation and compression injection molding are the primary steps for the processing of UD tapes. In addition to the cycle time, the resulting material scrap in the complete process chain for FRP plays a significant role for evaluating the suitability of the process for the largescale manufacturing. FORCE (Functionalized Oriented Composites) represents a process chain for the high-volume production with a cycle time of 60 – 90 s and material scrap rate less than 5 %.
Driven by the stringent emission norms and the need to produce efficient vehicles, the automotive industry is actively involved in developing cost-efficient lightweight designs based on fiber reinforced plastics (FRP). A major breakthrough was the BWW i3 model featuring carbon fiber-reinforced passenger cell. The currently used resin transfer molding proves to be a hurdle for the production volume of more than 100,000 cars per year. The thermoplastic composites are an excellent alternative to overcome...
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