PROcess SImulation of COMPression moulding - PROSICOMP
Purpose and goal
The Prosicomp project objective was the enabling of compression moulding of composite materials for manufacturing structural components at high volume. The Prosicomp project goals achieved include 3D flow simulations capturing carbon fibre SMC flow in complex geometry with air as a third phase, measurement and modelling of the intraply shear behaviour of pressed snap cure resin prepreg, material characterisation of SMC, and the development of validation methods and parts
Expected results and effects
The achieved research goals support the development of simulation models based on a solid background of material behaviour. However, despite the ongoing efforts, the maturity of the simulation methods is still far behind process simulation methods for metal manufacturing where intensive research has been going on for decades. Prosicomp II will therefore continue the ongoing work regarding improved accuracy as well as improving the usability of the methods developed. The aim will be getting new methods used as standard tool for computational engineers and designers in the industry.
Planned approach and implementation
The two PhD-students, engaged in by Gestamp with LTU and Volvo with KTH, have increased composite compression moulding accuracy. Their fully time dedication has filled gaps in understanding, providing valuable experience and data to build into simulation tools for the industry. The academic and industrial cooperation, supported by RISE, SAAB and with international collaboration from Toray, created a forum for challenges to be discussed and addressed together. Improvements in techniques are now being implemented. These will benefit the consortium members and the field as a whole.