Brooks, Hadley Laurence and Molony, Samuel (2015) Design and evaluation of additively manufactured parts with three dimensional continuous fibre reinforcement. Materials and Design, 90 . pp. 276-283. ISSN 0261-3069
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2015.10.123
Additive manufacturing (AM) provides many benefits such as reduced manufacturing lead times, streamlined supply chains, part consolidation, structural optimisation and improved buy-to-fly ratios. Barriers to adoption include high material and processing costs, low build rates, isotropic material properties, and variable processing conditions. Currently AM polymer parts are far less expensive to manufacture than AM metal parts, therefore improving the properties of polymer parts is highly desirable.
This paper introduces a design methodology used to integrate continuous reinforcement into AM polymer parts with the aim of improving their mechanical properties. The method is validated with the design and testing of three case studies, a pulley housing, hook and universal joint used to demonstrate the applicability of the method for tensile, bending and torsion loading types respectively.
Physical testing showed that it was possible to improve the strength of parts by over 4000%, elongation to failure by over 2000% and stiffness by approximately 200%. In addition a method of integrating condition monitoring capabilities into the parts was demonstrated.
An analysis of the specific strength of the parts suggests that the reinforced parts are comparable to aluminium alloys, suggesting that in some cases AM polymer composite parts could supplant more costly metal parts.
|Subjects:||Engineering > Mechanical engineering|
Engineering > Production & manufacturing engineering
|Schools:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Engineering|
|Deposited By:||Hadley Laurence Brooks|
|Deposited On:||24 Nov 2015 16:01|
|Last Modified:||15 Nov 2016 15:59|
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