Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Brendan J. O'Toole
Number of Pages
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.
Composites; Investigation; Manufacturing; Parameters; Processing; Thermoplastic
Mechanical engineering; Materials science; Plastics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Squires, Craig MacArthur, "Investigation of processing parameters for thermoplastic composites manufacturing" (1996). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3220.