Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623106
Title:
Forming low-cost, high quality carbon tows for automotive application.
Authors:
Sharif, Tahir; Potluri, P; Choudhry, R S; Dodworth, A
Abstract:
Carbon fiber reinforced composites are widely used in many industries due to their high performance. Its application in the aerospace industry has increased significantly, however, in mass produced automobile sector it is still limited. The current production of carbon fiber tow is slow and capital intensive. Thus, carbon manufactures produce higher tow counts to increase production rate to reduce its cost. In order to offset the higher cost of carbon fiber composite, an innovative and unique approach has been developed. The higher tow count carbon spools are split into smaller tow counts. Due to the delicate nature of carbon fiber, it is important to control the filamentation during that process. Different splitting process line strategies have been developed in this research work for understanding the process limitations and challenges involved. The process was made feasible for production by developing a fully automated process line with a laser feedback system. The system splits a 12K spool into two 6K tows. The quality of the 6K split tows has been determined statistically by recording real time data from the laser during the splitting process. It was demonstrated that the proposed process effectively controls filamentation and produces consistent tow quality.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; The University of Manchester; Bright Lite Structures (BLS), UK
Citation:
Sharif, T. et al. (2018) ‘Forming low-cost, high quality carbon tows for automotive application’, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 406 012021. doi: 10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012021
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Journal:
IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue Date:
21-Sep-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623106
DOI:
10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012021
Additional Links:
http://stacks.iop.org/1757-899X/406/i=1/a=012021?key=crossref.0d2b2fd79f22b51ee3cd44adc8bb91c4
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1757-899X
Sponsors:
Company research funding by Bentley Motors Limited
Appears in Collections:
Department of Mechanical Engineering & the Built Environment

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dc.contributor.authorSharif, Tahiren
dc.contributor.authorPotluri, Pen
dc.contributor.authorChoudhry, R Sen
dc.contributor.authorDodworth, Aen
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-07T12:02:19Z-
dc.date.available2018-11-07T12:02:19Z-
dc.date.issued2018-09-21-
dc.identifier.citationSharif, T. et al. (2018) ‘Forming low-cost, high quality carbon tows for automotive application’, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 406 012021. doi: 10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012021en
dc.identifier.issn1757-899X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1088/1757-899X/406/1/012021-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/623106-
dc.description.abstractCarbon fiber reinforced composites are widely used in many industries due to their high performance. Its application in the aerospace industry has increased significantly, however, in mass produced automobile sector it is still limited. The current production of carbon fiber tow is slow and capital intensive. Thus, carbon manufactures produce higher tow counts to increase production rate to reduce its cost. In order to offset the higher cost of carbon fiber composite, an innovative and unique approach has been developed. The higher tow count carbon spools are split into smaller tow counts. Due to the delicate nature of carbon fiber, it is important to control the filamentation during that process. Different splitting process line strategies have been developed in this research work for understanding the process limitations and challenges involved. The process was made feasible for production by developing a fully automated process line with a laser feedback system. The system splits a 12K spool into two 6K tows. The quality of the 6K split tows has been determined statistically by recording real time data from the laser during the splitting process. It was demonstrated that the proposed process effectively controls filamentation and produces consistent tow quality.en
dc.description.sponsorshipCompany research funding by Bentley Motors Limiteden
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIOP Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttp://stacks.iop.org/1757-899X/406/i=1/a=012021?key=crossref.0d2b2fd79f22b51ee3cd44adc8bb91c4en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineeringen
dc.subjectCompositesen
dc.subjectAutomated tow splittingen
dc.subjectLow-costen
dc.subjectProgrammable Powder Preform Process (P4)en
dc.titleForming low-cost, high quality carbon tows for automotive application.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentThe University of Manchesteren
dc.contributor.departmentBright Lite Structures (BLS), UKen
dc.identifier.journalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineeringen
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