Effects of UD and twill reinforcements in hybrid sheet molding compound laminates

Effects of UD and twill reinforcements in hybrid sheet molding compound laminates

RAIMONDI Luca, BRUGO Tommaso Maria, ZUCCHELLI Andrea, DONATI Lorenzo

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Abstract. This work proposes a novel manufacturing solution to locally reinforce a Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) with continuous fiber prepreg in a single-step compression molding operation. An adapted SMC process allowing for the manufacturing of continuous carbon fiber-reinforced SMC was successfully implemented, and a layer of fabric was added to mitigate the waviness induced during processing. Plates with different stacking sequences were manufactured and used for mechanical characterization to understand the effect of hybridization over tensile and flexural properties. It emerges that hybridization led to a 137% increase in tensile strength and up to 147% rise in flexural modulus compared to the standard SMC baseline. Additionally, the hybridization process helped reduce the variability in elastic and strength properties.

Carbon Fiber, Compression Molding, Sheet Molding Compound, Hybrid Composites

Published online 4/24/2024, 7 pages
Copyright © 2024 by the author(s)
Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: RAIMONDI Luca, BRUGO Tommaso Maria, ZUCCHELLI Andrea, DONATI Lorenzo, Effects of UD and twill reinforcements in hybrid sheet molding compound laminates, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 41, pp 523-529, 2024

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644903131-58

The article was published as article 58 of the book Material Forming

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