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Influence of consolidation process on voids and mechanical properties of powdered and commingled carbon/PPS laminates

Patou, Julien and Bonnaire, Rébecca and De Luycker, Emmanuel and Bernhart, Gérard Influence of consolidation process on voids and mechanical properties of powdered and commingled carbon/PPS laminates. (2019) Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 117. 260-275. ISSN 1359-835X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.11.012


Relations between autoclave consolidation process, microstructure and mechanical properties of thermoplastic composite laminates were investigated. For this purpose, two different carbon fibers/PPS semi-pregs were used for laminate manufacturing: a powdered fabric and a commingled fabric with stretch broken fibers. Laminates with [0°]6 stacking sequence were consolidated in autoclave. Several consolidation levels were established by varying process parameters which are external pressure, vacuum level and consolidation duration. Microstructural characterization was performed by using matrix digestion and CT-scanning to identify void content and morphology. Laminate mechanical properties in tensile, bending, compressive and interlaminar shear were also assessed. External pressure increase by 0.5MPa leads to void content reduction of 2.1% for powdered system and 5.4% for commingled system. The rising consolidation duration contributes slightly to void content decrease. Bending and interlaminar failure stress are the most sensitive to void level with a dependency on void size and location. Results acquired allow to identify main settings for optimized consolidation cycles which could be used for thermoplastic composite part manufacturing with complex shape.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:12 Feb 2019 09:38

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