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Scale-independent simulation of fabric-reinforced thermoplastics with class A surfaces

  • Andreas Freund
Construction Outer Skin Components

Fibre- and textile-reinforced thermoplastics provide engineers with a group of high-performance materials for commercially viable lightweight design. However, their use in outer skin applications is restricted by the way in which reinforcing fibres on the surface of the component unavoidably stand out as a result of the heterogeneous nature of the materials. Leichtbauzentrum Sachsen uses appro priate simulation methods to identify and qualify influencing technical factors in order to achieve surface quality comparable to that of sheet metal parts.

Surface Values from Simulation

The trend in car manufacturing towards developing derivatives of basic models generally results in increased sales, but these are spread over a large number of models. The high manufacturing costs that this incurs with conventional construction using sheet metal make the use of fibre composites a sensible option. Besides the established fibre composite components with a thermoset polymer matrix, automotive...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Freund
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  1. 1.Leichtbauzentrum SachsenDresdenGermany

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