Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Brendan J. O'Toole

Number of Pages

82

Abstract

A study was performed to investigate the processing parameters of thermoplastic composites. Three configurations of compression molding dies were machined and used to produce composite specimens. Composite specimens made of AS4/Nylon-6 and AS4/Polyphenylene Sulfide (AS4/PPS) prepreg tape were manufactured under four processing conditions. The processing parameters that were studied were maximum pressure and the dwell time at maximum pressure and temperature; A total of twenty-four specimens were made. Cross sections of each were analyzed for fiber volume fraction using a microscope and image analysis software. Each specimen was then loaded in three-point benDing Maximum flexural stress and modulus were determined for each specimen. Increases in fiber volume fraction, maximum stress, and modulus were found as functions of pressure and dwell time.

Keywords

Composites; Investigation; Manufacturing; Parameters; Processing; Thermoplastic

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Materials science; Plastics

File Format

pdf

File Size

1443.84 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/ljyj-5a7a


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