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J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2018, 2(2), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp2020038

Using (VA)RTM with a Rigid Mould to Produce Fibre Metal Laminates with Proven Impact Strength

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Processing of Composites Group, Department Polymer Engineering and Science, Montanuniversität Leoben, Otto Glöckel-Strasse 2, A-8700 Leoben, Austria
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Chemistry of Polymeric Materials, Department Polymer Engineering and Science, Montanuniversität Leoben, Otto Glöckel-Strasse 2, A-8700 Leoben, Austria
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Materials Science and Testing of Polymers, Department Polymer Engineering and Science, Montanuniversität Leoben, Otto Glöckel-Strasse 2, A-8700 Leoben, Austria
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Received: 16 April 2018 / Revised: 25 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 11 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Manufacturing of Polymer Composites)
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The production of fibre metal laminates (FMLs) is a time consuming and expensive procedure. This paper shows the application of the vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding ((VA)RTM) technique using an injection unit and a rigid mould for the production of FMLs. This processing technique, in combination with a corona discharge activation of the aluminium surface, can lead to enormous reductions to the cycle time. To prove the quality of the produced FML, impact tests were carried out. The influence of the impact energy on the specimen is observed using a deformation scan and ultrasound C-Scan. Furthermore, the peak forces and permanent deflections of the tested specimen were analysed. View Full-Text
Keywords: vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding; fibre metal laminates; impact strength vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding; fibre metal laminates; impact strength
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Hergan, P.; Li, Y.; Zaloznik, L.; Kaynak, B.; Arbeiter, F.; Fauster, E.; Schledjewski, R. Using (VA)RTM with a Rigid Mould to Produce Fibre Metal Laminates with Proven Impact Strength. J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2018, 2, 38.

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